Yatir, Negev (Israel) Sauvignon Blanc 2005

($24, Royal Wine Corp.): Yatir Winery, a joint venture between grape growers and the Carmel Winery, one of Israel’s leading producers, is located on the edge of the Negev dessert, but the vineyards are more suitably located nearby at high elevations that actually see snow.  Think of this Sauvignon Blanc is a theoretical blend of chalky earthiness of Sancerre with the zesty verve of New Zealand.  It would be a pleasure to drink anytime, not just at a Passover meal. 89 Michael Apstein Mar 27, 2007