Dec 12th, 2008 – Special Visit to Katlav
Dina & I and a group of friends visited Yossi Yittach at the Katlav Winery. Yossi is one of our favorite winemakers and he makes some of the best wine in the country. Among Kosher wines I have yet to find anything better.
When we arrived, Yossi was waiting for us with bottles already open so the wines would be ready to taste right away. The wines we tasted were Katlav’s 2006 Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon varietals, the 2006 Wadi Katlav Cabernet, Merlot, Syrah blend, and Yossi’s 2007 Chardonnay. The Merlot is full bodied and mouth filling and the Wadi Katlav is bursting with flavors, but both of these give the impression that their best is yet to come and one should hold to them a while longer before drinking. For drinking now, the 2006 Cabernet is the hands down winner for me. What is more, Dina fell in love with this wine, and she isn’t partial to Cabernets in general. Yossi says to keep all of the wines another year or two before drinking, but that will be quite a challenge for us with the Cabernet.
After the reds, Yossi brought out as bottle of his 2007 Chardonnay, which he makes and serves like a red wine. Aged in oak, it doesn’t taste too oaky at all, and it has enough character to be served with a medium heavy meat meal. It is best at room temperature, just like a red.
As a special treat, Yossi then opened a bottle of his port style wine that he had only recently bottled. I am not a big fan of sweet wines, but this one was lovely.
All in all we had a really enjoyable visit and we already look forward to going again. Yossi makes us feel so welcome that it’s hard not to visit too often.