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Two From Galil Mt. - Yiron and Yiron Syrah 2005 (K)

by Daniel Rogov » Tue Oct 14, 2008 3:30 pm

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.

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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)
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Re: Two From Galil Mt. - Yiron and Yiron Syrah 2005 (K)

by Menachem S » Mon Oct 27, 2008 1:22 pm

Daniel, I know drinking windows are art versus science, but I find the "arc" for the aging of this wine interesting.

a 2005 vintage that is drinkable from 2010 to 2015, seems like a relativley short window for a wine that won't "be ready" until 5 years from vintage.

that 1 to 1 ratio of years to drinking and years of drinking seems rather curious to me.

Almost like it ages slow at first then accelerates?

I feel like wines usually have almost 2:1 years of drinking versus years to drinking.

Thoughts?
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Re: Two From Galil Mt. - Yiron and Yiron Syrah 2005 (K)

by Daniel Rogov » Mon Oct 27, 2008 1:39 pm

Menachem, Hi...

The clue here is my comment: "Approachable and thoroughly enjoyable now but best 2010–2015", that and the overall tasting note (not to even mention the score) showing that the wine is really quite excellent from release (2008)-2015. The reason I suggest holding off until 2010 is that I believe the wine will show its very best from that period.

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