Cabernet Sauvignon (Israel) 1991 Yair Margalit
9/95. Bought locally July-93 for $16.
This wine from Israel's best boutique winery is usually sold during only one
week a year at the winery. Tonight with Friday night's dinner for two.
COLOR: Very deep violet-red.
NOSE: Mildly strong bouquet of black-fruit, vanilla, some tar and generally
what one would expect in a pure Cabernet Sauvignon wine.
TASTE: After being opened and decanted (for aeration) for an hour, still very
close with hard tannins dominating. On its own not a very pleasant wine, but
went very well with the food (home-made rolls stuffed and baked with minced
veal and lamb, followed by steak and French-fries). Towards the end of the
bottle, the tannins softened a great deal and the concentration, which was
there all the time, started to show itself beautifully.
LENGTH: Medium length. The aftertaste, in line with the taste, was hard and
coarse at first, but got much smoother with time.
TEXTURE & BALANCE: Reasonable fruit and a lot of wood both on the nose and on
the palate. Plenty of body and concentration. Good acidity in comparison with
what we are used to in Israel. Still, doesn't feel like a perfectly balanced
OVERALL: Good wine, maybe even very good. Delicacy is not the name of the game
here. Still much too young to pass judgement, but unfortunately only one
bottle left < g >.
MARK: 15+/20.aaaaaaaaBUY MORE? No.
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