Well not realy a WTN, but more a report of the event.
I attended the around the table release celebration of the Yatir Forest 2005 held at Derech Hayain (Wine Route) in Raanana.
Thanks to the organizers: Yatir winery, Amos Ravid, the Wine Education Manager of Carmel the parent company of Yatir, and the Raanana Wine Route shop staff.
No doubt, it is an excellent wine, that may top the previous releases that created thebig hype.
We started with the Sauvignon Blanc, continued with the 2005 Yatir blend to let the magnum bottle open up a little.
The wine is well balanced, with soft tannins, although on the nose it needed more time to open up.
On this release day the wine was marked down 10% of the Wine Route list price of 199.99 NIS, and offered at 179.99 NIS, which is closer to the release price of last year than to the winery recommended price of 230 NIS.
At the above price I took a decision to play the game rather than walk away.
Some of the people around the table inquired about purchasing the magnum bottles.
Amos checked with the winery and the magnum will be released only in January 2009,
but they will accept orders through the shops.
Strangely enough the official release to the press will be next week, so your will get more professional reviews.
P.S. I also walked away with a bottle of Yiron 2005, for half of the above price, expecting the same quality