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Mark Squires Landmark 2B 2012 Review

2012 Landmark 2B (Bravdo)   


RATING: 90 points
PRODUCER: Karmei Yosef Winery
FROM: Israel
VARIETY: Landmark 2B
DRINK: 2016 - 2017
 
SOURCE: eRobertParker.com, #226
Aug 2016
The 2012 Landmark 2B (Bravdo) is a blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, aged for 24 months in a 75/25 mixture of French and American oak (75% used, 25% new). It comes in at 15% alcohol. This is a brand I have not seen before and it is the only one where the price spikes a bit. This adds a fair bit of oak, making the texture a touch creamy. It also has more power than some of the other wines here, but after that--the style is pretty much the same: a balanced offering with grip on the finish, reasonable concentration and some flavor. I'm not sure this offers a lot more than the others--it probably does have a bit more aging ability--but if it isn't much better, it is no worse. On the positive side, it is chock full of nice fruit and it finishes with caressing texture. This may yet open up a bit more and improve with some time. Its potential ability to do so is the one reason I would give it a little bit of an edge. Give it another couple of years in the cellar if you can.

In days gone by, I was not terribly impressed by this winery, but of late they certainly seem to have rounded into form. There are some very nice offerings here and some bargains, too.

 
-Mark Squires