Cabernet Sauvignon SR 1993 Yair Margalit (Israel)
6/97. Bought at the winery Mar-95 for $28.
A tiny quantity of this wine is made by Yair Margalit, one of the more prominent
(if not always consistent) boutique wineries in Israel. The wine has about 10%
Petit Syrah added to the Cabernet. The Syrah comes from a wildly grown bunch of
vines in one corner of the main vineyard.
COLOR: Very good Cabernet color, no clearing towards the rim. Some sediment left
in the glass attest to the fact that the wine was not filtered.
NOSE: Decadently fruity and sweet, although far from being forward yet. The
jammy nature of the wine transcend all other qualities. Profound and deep nose
that will reach high peaks in the future.
TASTE: Still very tannic, although the immense concentration of sweet fruit is
very much apparent on the palate even now. Big and mouthfilling with good
acidity to balance the heavy fruit.
LENGTH: Surprisingly long and vibrating aftertaste.
TEXTURE & BALANCE: Strong tannins, reasonable acidity (for a Israeli wine) and
tons of fruit. Hope the acidity will stay there to freshen the fruit bomb, else
it will lose its balance and become too heavy.
OVERALL: Rich, very well endowed wine that is superb now and will surely become
extraordinary in five more years or so. Trouble is there is no way one could get
hold of a bottle unless he bought at the source on the yearly selling day...
MARK: 18/20.aaaaaaaaBUY MORE? Yes.
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Jacob "Yak" Shaya.