Open That Bottle Night 16 (OTBN 2015) – what will you drink??

Well, it is that time of year again for OTBN (Open That Bottle Night), a night conceived by Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher, in February 2000, then with the WSJ. Well, officially it is the last Saturday night in February, which this year is Feb 28. However, us Jews like Friday/Sabbath to be our special wine moment, so we will be enjoying OTBN this Friday Night, hopefully!

According to the WSJ site: On OTBN, which is celebrated on the last Saturday of February every year, thousands of bottles all over the world are released from prison and enjoyed. With them come memories of great vacations, long-lost loved ones and bittersweet moments. The whole point of the weekly “Tastings” column is that wine is more than the liquid in the bottle. It’s about history, geography, relationships and all of the things that are really important in life.

We have had many great OTBN tastings but this year, it is about tasting my oldest and best Yarden Winery wines. Yarden Winery has moved to the sweet side on their new wines, for the most part, but the older El Rom wines have never been sweet till the most recent – 2011 vintage. Yarden has always been on the sweeter side, in terms of ripe fruit, but these past few years, the winery has decided it wants to make even riper wines. The 2009, 2010, and 2011 vintages have been nice wines, but too sweet for my tastes. Of course, the whites and sparkling wines continue to excel. Until recently, the El Rom and red Katzrin wine have always been controlled and beautiful. They are Yarden’s flagship wines and they keep a very tight lid on the fruit in these wines. The 2006 and 2007 ROM wine is another story, it was always sweet and somewhat controlled, and yes, very expensive. It all started when the late Daniel Rogov gave the 2006 ROM, a very unique Israeli blend wine, a massive 96 score!  That score sent the futures of that wines to the moon, along with the expectations of greatness. In reality, it is a nice wine, but nowhere where Rogov placed it.

Ever since they left the WSJ, Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher can be found on their Facebook page. This year, Fortune Magazine picked up the story and you can find that here. It is a solid rundown of the OTBN story and of John and Dottie!

So this year I will be opening a few Yarden wines, as I want to see where they are holding. I also have added in a few PS (Petite Sirah) wines based upon my fear that I discussed in an earlier post. Finally, I wanted a few Syrah wines (NO Syrah and PS are not related), and a few blends. The wines can be found below:

OTBN 16 Wine List

So, for my version of the OTBN 2015 (the 16th year of OTBN), I will be opening these wines (from right to left):

  1. 2009 Ella Valley PS
  2. 2007 Yarden Katzrin (red)
  3. 2010 Netofa Latour (red)
  4. 2006 Yarden Merlot, Odem Vineyard
  5. 2008 Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon, El Rom
  6. 2006 Recanati Special Reserve
  7. 2009 Shirah Power to the People
  8. 2010 Brobdingnagian (Hajdu) Petite Sirah
  9. 2007 Yatir Shiraz

If you will be having your own OTBN, please follow these steps on the guide. Also, please comment on what wines you will be having and use the @FortuneMagazine with hashtag #FortuneOTBN. Enjoy!

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Posted on February 25, 2015, in Food and drink, Israeli Wine, Kosher Red Wine, Wine Tasting and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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