|The 2006 MERLOT SYCRA is the Merlot entrant in Clos de Gat’s “Sycra” lineup—it’s top of the line brand, meaning “’bright red” in Aramaic. After 20 months in French oak, it is lush and round, but there is power and focus here, too, and the wine is hardly a simple fruit bomb. The finish, in fact, is gripping and intense, and it has more depth than the 2007 “Har’el” Merlot reviewed this issue. It is very appealing, simply delicious and built to hold. It seemingly thins as it airs out—but the next day it is just as good, not a bit thinner and far more harmonious, with some intensity still on the finish. The fruit was still sweet and lovely. Drink 2010-2019.
In 2008, this fine little boutique, one of Israel’s best, released 5,000 cases of wine. The 2007 Har’el reds reviewed this issue are notable for their power, making me wonder what the Sycras will look like (Clos de Gat’s upper level brand). I was not always as sure of the balance in the Har’el lineup.