Mevushal wines – 2010 Barkan Classics, 2006 Hagafen Merlot, and 2009 Harkham Shiraz, some hits and misses
At the Kiddush following the brit milah (circumcision) of our friend’s grandson, there was a large assortment of Barkan wines. I brought a pair of bottles, a 2006 Hagafen Merlot, and a 2009 Harkham Shiraz. To be honest I was not impressed at all by the 2101 Barkan wines, they tasted badly cooked and prune like. In contrast, the Harkham, though mevushal, did NOT taste at all cooked. I had a few friends around me, and they all agreed.
The 2009 Harkham Shiraz was quite lovely, rich, spicy, and roasted. The wine’s mouth is rich and one that will not disappoint. I have tasted this wine before, at some tastings and I was not nearly as impressed. It may b bottle variation, or maybe it was in a funk. Either way, far better than many have made it out to be on the forum.
The 2006 Hagafen Merlot, tasted more Merlot like this time around, but still quite nice! The rich cedar, tobacco, black cherry, and cinnamon were lovely.
The 2010 Barkan Classic wines were very painful. They tasted cooked and off balance. There were four wines, a 2010 Barkan Classic Cabernet Sauvignon, which was black in flavor, along with crazy out of balance cherry flavors, nasty. The 2010 Barkan Classic Pinot Noir was a huge disappointment to me. I really like the 2009 vintage, but this one was undrinkable, again with crazy unbalanced cherry and mineral, and cooked flavors. The 2007 Barkan Classic Merlot, was downright undrinkable, a wine that can and should not be scored. The only drinkable Barkan Classic was the 2010 Barkan Classic Chardonnay; it displayed nice peach, green apple and pear flavors, along with citrus flavors and slight mineral notes. As an aside, these are all mevushal wines, and some that I would not taste again, unless forced to.
My notes follow below:
2010 Barkan Classic Pinot Noir - Score: B- to B
This was a true disappointment to me, as I really like the 2009 vintage, but this one was off. The nose was fine, with cherry, mineral, plum, raspberry, slight stew notes, and chalk. The mouth was the problem, with serious cooked flavors, out of balance cherry flavors, and a bit of mineral notes. The rest is buried below the minuses.
2010 Barkan Classic Cabernet Sauvignon – Score: B- to B
This too was unfortunate, but not one that I had much hope for, in the first place. Again the nose on this wine was fine, without a hint of cooked flavors, nice cherry, black currant, and plum. The mouth was all over the place with clear cooked and stewed fruit, along with out of whack cherry and plum flavors. A shame, as this is another mevushal wine that I cannot depend upon.
2010 Barkan Classic Chardonnay – Score: B to B+
The nose on this light gold colored wine is rich with green apple, peach, pear, slight mineral and nice citrus notes. The mouth follows the nose, with pear, white peach, and tart green apple. The green apple flows into the mid palate, along with nice acid, and mineral notes. The finish is long and bright with nice citrus notes, green apple, peach, par, and more mineral notes.
2007 Barkan Classic Merlot - Score: N/A
This is a wine that is beyond its drinking stage and one that cannot be scored. It tastes and smells cooked, undrinkable at this stage.
2009 Harkham Shiraz – Score: B+ to B++
The nose on this purple colored wine is rich and smoky, with oak, black pepper, cloves, black cherry, raspberry, blackberry, plum, tar, and herbs. The mouth on this medium bodied wine is rich and soft, with nice mouth coating tannin, black cherry, plum, raspberry, and blackberry. The mid palate is balanced with good acid, cherry, nice tannin, and mint. The finish is long and spicy, with more cloves, mint, black fruit, blackberry, and tar.
2006 Hagafen Merlot – Score: B++ to A-
The notes are consistent with the first notes: The nose on this purple colored wine is filled with rich cedar, black cherry, raspberry, fig, herbs, vanilla, chocolate, cloves, and smoky notes. The mouth on this medium to full bodied wine is classic Hagafen, with a soft plush mouth of rich cedar, plum, raspberry, fig, cherry, and nice mouth coating tannin. The mid palate is balanced with nice acid, chocolate, more cedar, and nice tannin. The finish is long and spicy with cloves, cinnamon, cedar, vanilla, chocolate, raspberry, plum, herbs, and tobacco. Herbs, cinnamon, black cherry, raspberry, chocolate, cedar, vanilla, and tobacco linger long after the wine is gone.