?By: Daniel Rogov
Reporting live from the Yarden Vintage festival following the press unveiling of The Golan Heights Winery’s new wine. Truth be told, I have tasted this wine twice in the past but promised not to wite about it until after the officia release. Let’s start off with the tasting note:
Golan Heights Winery, Rom, Yarden, 2006: A blend of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot (37%, 34% and 29% respectively), the grapes selected from a selection of grapes from 8 different vineyards, seven on the Golan and 1 in the Upper Galilee. Oak-aged in French barriques for 21 months and bottled without filtraton. A wine to follow in stages for at this point in its development it opens so fruit forward, with ripe blueberries, cherries and red currants that some may actually mistakenly think it sweet. Even now however, that sensation passes quickly to reveal a full-bodied, well extracted and remarkably intense wine with aromas and flavors that literally flood the palate. All of which will be fine for those who enjoy fruit bombs and at that the wine would earn a score of 92 or 93 points.
This is far from the end of the story, however, for this is a wine whose balance, structure and richness almost beg to be set aside as it will not begin to come fully into its own until somewhere about 2014 and at that time its youthful exuberance wil settle down to will show powerful and muscular but with deep elegance. As the wine continue to develop and as its elements come fully together look for notes of fresh herbs, espresso coffee and hints of both anise and cinnamon. Best 2014-2020, perhaps longer. Projected score at maturity 96.
Indeed perhaps the best Israeli wine ever. Made in a limited editon of 6,000 bottle and being relased at NIS 340 per bottle. In my opinion, well worth the investment. If you can buy six, drink one now to sample it in its youth, a second three years from now and then another every two or three years.
My guess….some of my colleagues are going to think that “Rogov has flipped”. My advice to them – do not rate this wine as it is now. Look for what it will be 5, 10 and 12 years from now.
It’s been a long day but wanted to post this. And now, as Samuel Pepys liked to close his dairy: “And so to bed”