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People Are Asking: About The 2006 Yatir Blended Red (K)

by Daniel Rogov » Sat May 14, 2011 8:59 am

Several forumites have discussed problems encountered with the 2006 Yatir Blended Red. Because of those comments, I scheduled a re-tasting. This morning I re-tasted the wine blind from three separate bottles, one that has been in my own cellar almost since the release of the wine, one sent to me by Yatir in response to my special request, and one that was sent to me by one of my spies in New York. Following are my tasting note from the 2011 edition of my Israeli guide and then the report on today's tasting

My published tasting note
Yatir, Blended Red, 2006: A complex blend of Merlot, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot (35%, 24%, 20%, 10%, 8% and 3% respectively). Not showing any specific varietal traits (but with such a blend one would not expect that) but indeed showing full-bodied, with soft, gently gripping tannins and reflecting its 12 months in oak with near-sweet cedarwood notes. On the nose and palate a potpourri of black fruits, those supported nicely by notes of spices and espresso coffee. Drink now–2014. Score 91 K

Today's tasting note and comments

One comment before the tasting note. The wines from my cellar and from the winery were, for all practical purposes identical. The wine received from New York showed all of the same characteristics of those that had been cellared in Israel with the exception that the wine showed about "a year older", and that logically after its round trip from Israel-New York-Israel (I have often said that a trans-oceanic voyage tends to let wines show about a year more mature than those that have been stored in the country of origin)

Yatir, Blended Red, 2006: Intensely dark garnet towards royal purple, full-bodied, showing still youthful but gently gripping tannins and notes of sweet-and-spicy cedar wood, those integrating nicely. On first attack blackcurrants and blackberries, those parting to make way for aromas and flavors of roasted herbs, exotic spices and bittersweet chocolate. On the long finish fruits and tannins rise together with a note of mocha and a bare hint of black olives. A blend of Merlot, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot (35%, 24%, 20%, 10%, 8% and 3% respectively). Drink now-2014. Score 91. K. (Re-tasted three times with consistent notes 14 May 2011)
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Re: People Are Asking: About The 2006 Yatir Blended Red (K)

by Elie Poltorak » Tue May 24, 2011 8:39 am

I suppose that's why they say "al ta'am vareiach ein l'hitvakeach" (on matters of taste and smell, one cannot debate).
I've tasted this wine on several occasions and my impressions couldn't be more different. Aside from the unpleasantly bitter aftertaste (think stale olive oil), IMHO this wine suffers from a lack of depth and structure, with the flavors running off in all directions. (Although I did not have the benefit of tasting this wine blindly, any bias I had would be in the wine's favor as I'm a huge fan of Yatir and the '04 blend is one of my favorite wines.) But then again, that's what makes wine-drinking so much fun--everyone's experience of any particular wine is unique to their palate.
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Re: People Are Asking: About The 2006 Yatir Blended Red (K)

by Eli R » Tue May 24, 2011 10:07 am

Hi,

I am very familiar with this impression:
"... flavors running off in all directions..."


I find different reasons:

- Bottle shock
- Travel shock
- Wine not ready for drinking (too young)
- Wine in dumb period
- Wine still "hibernatting" - opened after taken out from a very cold cellar/fridge
etc.

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Re: People Are Asking: About The 2006 Yatir Blended Red (K)

by Samuel A » Tue May 24, 2011 3:05 pm

I agree with Elie. I haven't connected with this wine (despite numerous attempts) and loved the earlier vintages.
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Re: People Are Asking: About The 2006 Yatir Blended Red (K)

by Yehoshua Werth » Tue May 24, 2011 3:24 pm

Samuel A wrote:I agree with Elie. I haven't connected with this wine (despite numerous attempts) and loved the earlier vintages.


Without going over the top.. Prob one of my personal Fav blends in this price point. ($25 - $35)
Had some real artsy friends in from California; on Shabbos about a week after Purim. Did Kiddush and poured them some wine. Then my friend looked up and said,.. "Hmm WHAT IS THIS..WOW.. NICE..May I have some more..."

Mind you He could have been faking it since we told them I like the wine.. YET.. Have not met someone who tried this wine NOT enjoy it... Pondering the thought 2006 sounds good for Shavuos.

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