Menachem S wrote:Daniel, did you find this to be different than previous Yirons?
Perhaps the best way to answer the question is to post my tasting notes from this and other recent vintages.
Yiron, 2005: A Bordeaux-plus wine—that is to say, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot, plus 4% Syrah. Full-bodied and concentrated but simultaneously soft and elegant, with generous cassis and black fruits, with velvety tannins and gently spicy and dusty wood, all of which lead to a super-long finish. Perhaps the best to date from the winery. Approachable now but best 2010–2015. Score 93. K
Yiron, 2004: A blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 3% Syrah. Intense garnet towards royal-purple, full-bodied, with firm, near-sweet tannins integrating nicely with smoky and vanilla-tinged wood. Opens with wild berries on the nose and palate, those yielding to black cherry, cassis and spices, and finally on the long finish a tantalizing hint of bitterness. Drink now–2013. Score 91. K
Yiron, 2003: A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Full-bodied, with mouth-coating tannins and spicy wood in fine proportion. Deep ruby towards royal-purple in color, showing appealing blackberry, black cherry and currant fruits, those with light earthy-herbal overtones. Long, mouth-filling and elegant. Drink now–2010. Score 90. K
Yiron, 2002: A medium to full-bodied oak-aged blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon and 46% Merlot. Deeply aromatic, dark purple toward black in color, with still-firm tannins well integrated. Shows abundant black cur-rant, plum, black cherry and berry fruits as well as sweet cedarwood. A generous and mouth-filling finish with an appealing light herbal-earthy overtone. At the outer cusp of its peak. Drink up. Score 90. K