Someone at the Galil Mountain Winery is doing things right and it is only natural to suspect that winemaker Micha Vaadia has a great deal to do with that. Whatever, the winery has just released two wines in its Yiron series and both are well worthy of our attention.
Galil Mountain, Yiron, 2005: A Bordeaux-plus wine—that is to say, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot, plus 4% Syrah. Full-bodied and concentrated but simultaneously soft and elegant, with generous cassis and black fruits, with velvety tannins and reflecting its 16 months in French oak with gently spicy and dusty wood, all of which lead to a super-long finish. Perhaps the best to date from the winery. Approachable and thoroughly enjoyable now but best 2010–2015. NIS 100. Score 93. K (Re-tasted 14 Oct 2008)
Galil Mountain, Yiron, Syrah, 2005: Dark, almost inky-garnet in color, medium to full-bodied, with fine balance between soft tannins, spicy wood and fruits. On first attack raspberries and chocolate, those yielding to blackberries, currants and a rich floral note. On the long finish the tannins rise along with fruits and an appealing hint of red licorice. Drink now–2013. NIS 95. Score 91. K (Re-tasted 14 Oct 2008)