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First Fruit

6/9/2019 2:26:03 AM     Kosher Wine     By scott     Comments

Shavuot is the holiday on which Am Yisrael (the Jewish people) celebrates the giving of the Torah from G-d, at the foot of Mount Sinai. There is a well-known custom of eating dairy meals during this holiday. One of the reasons is that Am Yisrael became obligated then to keep all the laws of Kashrut (or Kosher). Since the Torah was given on Shabbat, they could not slaughter animals according to their newly given laws, and therefore could not eat meat. While the celebratory meals on the Yomim Tovim (holidays) usually include and combine meat and wine, eating dairy on Shavuot does not mean wine should be left out. On the contrary, many wines can be pair perfectly with fish and dairy dishes.

 

Shavuot also is the holiday of the first fruits. It was the day on which the Jews could bring bikurim—the first fruit harvested in their fields—to the Bait Hamikdash (the holy temple) in Jerusalem as offerings.

 

The first wines to be released from last year’s vintage are white and rosé wines. These wines are fruity and refreshing, and can accompany a wide array of dairy and fish delicacies.

 

Take for instance the Elvi Vina Encina Rosado 2017. This Spanish rosé wine is made from Tempranillo grapes, which provide a beautiful, cherry pink color to the wine as well as a mouthful of fruits such as strawberries, raspberries, and cantaloupe. Does it sound like a fruit salad? You bet! It would accompany fresh fruits or a fruit salad nicely but also goes well with soft cheeses such as goat cheese and mozzarella.

 

Mozzarella served with sun-dried tomatoes and basil as a Caprese Insalata or as a pizza topping would be wonderfully complimented by an earthy and slightly spicy red wine such as the Chianti Classico Riserva 2012 from Terra di Seta. This amazing wine has recently gathered some impressive 93 and 92 scores from the prestigious Wine Spectator and Decanter magazines! It boasts aromas and flavors of ripe cherries, baking spices, and Mediterranean herbs as well as a juicy texture.




Carmel winery in Israel makes an impressive dry Riesling from its world-class Kayoumi vineyard (the Shiraz from that vineyard is also well worth trying!). One of the things I love about Riesling is its versatility with food. With its core acidity, funky mineral/earthy notes, and green apple and lime aromas, it can be sublime with a full-flavored cheese such as an aged, sharp cheddar as much as it can cut through the savory flavors of a veal chop Milanese.



The new Chardonnay 2016 from Herzog's Lineage series is also well-worthy of consideration. While its compatibility with Chicken Paillard is undeniable, it will take a simple toast topped with Brie cheese to the next level. Medium-bodied with light, creamy notes of butter and sour cream, it showcases fresh tropical fruit aromas, as well.

Domaine Les Marronniers Chablis 2016 is also a Chardonnay, but one would not guess that so easily. The style of the wines from Burgundy’s Chablis appellation in France are much leaner and more mineral than many of their rich, buttery California counterparts. Here is a light yet complex wine with notes of lemon pith, fresh almonds, and pears.

Last but not least, dessert. The Herzog Late Harvest Chenin Blanc 2016, which is already delicious on its own, would be even more delicious with a piece of classic New York Cheesecake. The pleasant sweetness together with the classic aromas of peach, apricot, table grapes, and orange zest will upgrade your Shavuot dessert more than you could ever imagine!




Chag Sameach! L’chaim!


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20 "Go To" wines under $20.00

11/1/2018 5:20:50 PM     Kosher Wine     By Scott     Comments

1. Tabor Adama Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 - This fruit-forward Israeli Cabernet is a perfect addition for those who love either Israeli wine or Cabernets. Enjoy the red fruity flavors with just a hint of spice.

2. Domaine Netofa Tinto 2013 - This unique varietal is from Israel and packs quite the terroir punch. This one’s delicious with grilled steak!

3. Ella Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2016 - The tropical fruit shine in this crisp and clean 2016 vintage Israeli Sauvignon Blanc. This is a perfect wines for the summer months.

4. Barkan Winemaker's Choice Chardonnay 2012 - It’s 2012, it’s an aged chardonnay, but I was pleasantly surprised at how well this wine is holding up. Try it and you’ll see!

5. Castel La Vie Blanc du Castel 2016 - Wait, there is a bottle from the amazing Castel winery that’s under $20? Yes, this unoaked wonderful white wine is sure to be a favorite!

6. Dalton Estate Merlot 2016 - Dalton has the ability to highlight the smooth tannins of this merlot from the 2016 vintage in Israel. Very nice showing from Dalton.

7. Hagafen Sauvignon Blanc 2017 - This California Sauvignon Blanc comes from a great producer and is bursting with fruity pineapple flavors.

8. Contessa Annalisa Collection Gavi di Gavi 2015 - I’ve included this wine not just because Gavi is my son’s name, but also because this silky wine that Cortese showcases will that bring you straight to flavortown!

9. Elvi Herenza Rioja - This Rioja, filled with red fruit spice and tannins, is a smooth drinking red wine that can be paired with a multitude of Shabbat dishes.

10. Psagot Viognier 2016 - This Israeli Viognier showcases tropical and stone fruit with a full body and tons of flavor.

11. Terra Di Seta Chianti Classico 2014 - The Terra Di Seta wine is made from Sangiovese and comes from the classico region within Chianti. The acidic red fruit flavor shines through beautifully in this wine.

12. Capcanes Peraj Petita 2016 - This one is my personal go-to wine when I’m asked for one with a great quality to price ratio. The wine is full flavored with a great structure and balance - just a great all around drink.

13. Alfasi Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2011 - Looking for a Sauternes for a tenth of the price? Then this is the luxurious wine for you - and best of all, it’s under $20!!

14. Elvi Cava Brut -  A sparkling wine is a must on this list! The Elvi Spanish Cava is a tropical and delicious sparkling option.

15. Dalton Estate Rose 2017 - One of the first roses to hit the market in 2017, this wine showcases strong red fruit flavors while still being held up with nice acid.

16. Hayotzer Genesis Shiraz 2014 - Our first Shiraz on the list, this one is jammy, plummy, and packed with fruit! Hayotzer hit a home run with this Israeli Shiraz.

17. Pacifica Pinot Noir 2016 - The Northwest of America produces some fantastic and expressive Pinot. This one is no exception, as the red fruit and earthiness are illustrated wonderfully in this Pacifica Pinot.

18. Galil Mountain Alon 2013 - The Galil Mountain Alon wine is like a super Bordeaux blend. The Syrah added to the regular Bordeaux grapes gives it that extra jamminess and spice. Enjoy this wine with a great steak for a flavor packed meal!

19. Abarbanel Old Vine Riesling 2015 - Travel abroad to Alsace with this wine, where Riesling showcases the cool temperatures, creating crisp acidic wines that are perfect for a hot summer's day.

20. Ramon Cardova Rioja 2015 - This excellent Spanish wine is a true quality to price ratio, providing a full-bodied flavor experience for a steal of a price!


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The Story Of Tulip

11/1/2018 5:17:53 PM     Kosher Wine     By Scott     Comments

Perched on a mountainside in Kfar Tikvah “Village of Hope” is Tulip Winery, overlooking the lush Jezreel Valley. Tulip’s winemaker Ro’i Itzchaki grew up in a town adjacent to this village, and purchased the winery in 2003. He employs many of the 200 adult locals who struggle with developmental and emotional disabilities. Itzhaki hires them to learn the wine trade, giving them jobs while helping them integrate into mainstream society (and also boosting the Israeli economy). Itzhaki says labels only belong on wine bottles, not people. A huge piece of Tulip winery’s mission is to employ these individuals, giving them a meaningful way to support themselves by helping bring kosher wine to kosher consumers. In this way Kfar Tikvah truly embodies its name, a Village of Hope.

The name for the winery itself came from Roy’s mother who adored tulips. The winery literally blossomed when production numbers started to hit higher levels of production - 100,000 bottles a year - a number that brings most winemakers to consider going kosher (which Tulip did in 2010). The winery is now reaching the 200,000 bottle mark and continues to make beautiful fruity wines with wonderful QPR value. The winery sources its grapes from all over Israel, yielding powerful wines with finishes that are long and spicy.

Here are 3 of our favorite Tulip wines:

1. Black Tulip 2014

The flagship wine of Tulip, Black Tulip is a complex, powerful, oaky, well-balanced Bordeaux style blend. On the nose are potent fruit aromas and a mouthfeel bursting with black fruit flavors: black currants, cassis, black cherries, and tart blackberries, hints of vanilla, dark chocolate, Mediterranean herbs, and spices. Store for 3-5 years before drinking, but if opening now, let it decant for at least two hours.

This wine pairs best with a hearty lamb stew, veal chops, or roasted duck.

2. Tulip Reserve Syrah 2014

The deep and densely-colored Tulip Reserve Syrah prominently displays black fruit, flowers, and eucalyptus aromas. This is a full and heavy wine, designed to be savored with every sip, down to its long, enjoyable finish.

Pairs well with veal, lamb, and heavy steak; alternatively serve this bottle alongside your next barbecue with hot dogs and hamburgers.

3. Tulip White 2016

This wine is a rule breaker, combining two grapes that are normally produced on their own without a blending partner. Gewurztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc are both aromatic white grape varietals that produce strong flavors. The gewurz is floral and green while the sauvignon blanc is tart and crisp. The blending of these two grapes produce a light straw-colored wine that is fresh and presents acidity, combining the best of the two grapes.

Enjoy this wine with a wide variety of foods including ceviche, spicy foods, and grilled meats.


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There Is No Simcha Without Good Wine

11/1/2018 10:52:06 AM     Kosher Wine     By Gabe Geller     Comments

Sukkot, along with Simchat Torah, is the holiday that most symbolizes and highlights the importance of serving God and following his Torah with joy. Our sages write that wine causes the heart of man to rejoice. Sukkot and Simchat Torah include multiple celebratory meals, inside and outside the sukkah. We will soon share more than 25 meals over the coming Yamim Tovim with friends and family; most of them will of course require good food, as well as good wine. There is a concept known as hiddur mitzvah, to embellish a mitzvah, rather than just sticking with the elementary rules dictated by halacha. We usually aim to build the most beautiful sukkah, with high-quality, good-looking materials and tasteful decorations. As well, we aim to purchase the nicest arba’a minim set we can afford with a flawless etrog. Hiddur mitzvah applies also to our holiday meals, with the most delicious dishes inspired by the recipes of our grandmothers, cookbooks or kosher.com. Therefore the same should apply with the wines we choose to share with our guests and hosts.

Making kiddush on rosé wine is always a cheerful and refreshing way to start a meal on Shabbat and Yom Tov. This past summer was an especially hot one. Most rosé wines are already gone from the stores’ shelves, yet some are still available, including the Château Roubine 2017, a classified growth from the world-renown Côtes de Provence region in France. That is quite fortunate as the Roubine happens to be arguably one of the best rosé wines out there, as well. This supremely elegant wine boasts fragrant aromas and flavors of summer fruits such as peaches and apricots, as well as notes of red cherries and currants. Its refreshing acidity makes it also a fine match to some appetizers such as gravlax or roasted eggplants with tahini.

I have been advocating for white wines for many years, notably in DiVine Magazine of Pesach 5777. Great kosher white wines have started to blossom since then, with a diverse array of delicious, complex and intriguing examples that have been recently released. Château Guiraud, a first growth Sauternes came out with a bang in the early 2000s with its kosher run. Back then it was the first and only kosher Sauternes of that level on the market. Sixteen years after the legendary 2001, Château Guiraud is making its come back with 
G de Guiraud 2017, a fabulous dry blend of Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc. Showcasing notes of orange blossom, lime, pear and eucalyptus with vibrant acidity, this wine would complement a baked halibut in a lemon and butter sauce wonderfully.

Herzog Wine Cellars released a very unique white wine, as well. The Herzog Special Reserve Albariño 2017 is the first kosher wine of its kind. It was a long-time dream of Joe Hurliman’s, the head winemaker at Herzog. Joe’s dream finally came true after he was able to source the grapes from a very much sought-after vineyard in California’s Edna Valley. Albariño is a grape variety that originates in Spain’s Rías Baixas region. It has a restrained profile with notes of citrus pith, earthy minerals and spring flowers. I had it last week with a delightful carrot, sumac and coconut milk soup and it was like a true bashert. I am very excited for more Albariño wines to come out soon.

Jezreel Valley winery has taken the lead on an indigenous Israeli grape variety, Argaman. Argaman was created in Israel in the 1970s as a hybrid of Sousão and Carignan, grape varieties originating in Portugal and Spain, respectively. The name Argaman refers to the color of the wines it produces. The term comes from the Torah and describes the deep red toward purple color that was part of the ritual garments wore by the kohanim in the beit hamikdash. The Jezreel Argaman 2016 is a big, bold, complex wine with concentrated flavors of black fruits and spices with a long and rich finish. It would accompany a tender French roast perfectly.

A traditional dish on Sukkot for many Jews is stuffed cabbage. This is a dish that has a distinct and unique flavor, typically stuffed with ground beef and served with a tomato-based sauce. While a Chianti would work very well, I believe a fleshier wine, also from Italy, would be the ultimate pairing. The Uva Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2013 features a full body with notes of ripe blackberries and black cherries, some earthy aromas, as well as tobacco and chocolate notes. Once you have had a bit of stuffed cabbage followed by a sip of Uva, all you will want to do is finish your plate and your glass, refill and replenish them and then sing “V’samachta b’chagecha v’hayita ach sameach!” L’chaim! Chag sameach!


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Four Superbly Smooth New Reds From California’s Twin Suns

9/3/2018 6:10:30 PM     Kosher Wine     By Elizabeth Kratz     Comments

Twin Suns, the collaborative California project of cult kosher winemakers Shimon and Gabriel Weiss—whose high-end label Shirah Wines continues to shine with indy brilliance—and Ami and Larissa Nahari, the Weiss’ distributors from The River Wine, just released four 2016 vintages, with one of them as part of a special-edition small batch, just in time for the Yom Tov season.

My tasting group enjoyed each of these wildly different, fruit-forward red wines and were encouraged by all indications that Twin Suns is growing, both in the depth and complexity of their offerings. Twin Suns bottled its first wines in 2013, so as the project matures and reaches its fifth birthday it was exciting to check in with the Weiss brothers on their “entry-level” wine label, particularly through tasting their newly released reserve vintages.

Twin Suns Reserve Malbec 2016

Pleasant and fruity, this malbec goes down ultra-smooth, with the consistency of a slightly thinner merlot or chianti, thus making it a perfect table wine to go with a multiplicity of foods. “So drinkable; this was my favorite,” said Miriam, one of our tasters whose favorite wine is almost always a cabernet sauvignon. Made with organic malbec grapes from Paso Robles, in San Luis Obispo County, California, the wine was aged 20 months in 100 percent French oak, which adds that depth that likely brings Miriam’s cabernet to mind.

The inky malbec is one of the six grapes uses in classic Bordeaux wines, and because of their intensity are usually tasted only as part of blends. However, it was fun to try a 100 percent malbec, and since this one is Californian, not French, it doesn’t have the shocking intensity we expected; rather, we found it easy to acclimate to, not unlike a coastal California breeze. The color, like all four of the wines, was a beautiful deep ruby. This wine makes a great gift. FillerUp Wines has priced the Twin Suns Reserve Malbec 2016 at $26.39.

Twin Suns Reserve Syrah 2016

Any syrah from Twin Suns has a tough act to follow because of the high quality and great balance in the non-reserve “Syrah With a Touch of Cab” from 2015, which was comprised of 90 percent syrah and 10 percent cabernet sauvignon. That was one of my personal favorite table wines of the last couple of years, and my family just finished our last bottle on Shabbat (I just restocked at WineLand, which has discounted this great wine for $12.99!). But I digress.

This new reserve syrah, with grapes gathered from California’s central coast, did not disappoint and was a favorite with my tasters as well. “It starts fruity but ends dry, lots of tannins, in a way that’s pleasing. There’s not a long finish, so you always want to drink another sip,” said Allyson.

“I’m a fan of this,” said Ari.

“It’s rich, always better the second taste than the first; I enjoy it,” added Shoval.

The superb oaky balance was a defining quality of this wine as we tasted it. I was interested to learn that the 20 months aging was not just in French but also Hungarian oak. That certainly must account for the quality, if you ask my Hungarian mother-in-law. And it will go perfectly with my paprika-heavy brisket this Rosh Hashanah. This wine is an absolute steal at $19.99 at both Wineland and FillerUp Wines.

Twin Suns Reserve Zinfandel 2016

One of the most unique red zinfandels I have ever tasted, this was certainly the most unique and full-bodied wine of our tasting. The Twin Suns Reserve Zinfandel 2016 was of a thicker viscosity than all the other wines (imagine the viscosity of a natural apple cider or orange juice rather than apple juice), and it had a “dry start with a sweet finish,” said Anita.

“I would call this a semi-dry wine. My favorite kind,” said Deena, who noted that Bartenura fans would find this a great transitional red to try and enjoy. While the wine is technically dry and in fact not semi-dry, the intensity of the fruit with the sweet finish really does please those with a preference for sweeter wines.

With this wine, the same 20 months of aging in 100 percent French oak rendered the wine positively jammy and plummy, with notes of vanilla and nutmeg. I was so surprised by the sweet notes of the wine I queried the winemakers about it, as most of the California zinfandels I have tasted have had significantly more acidity. “This zin has plenty of acid but is balanced by the concentration and depth of the wine,” said Gabriel Weiss.

Surely to be a treat for those who love fruitier wines, pick this up for a sweet new year at FillerUp for $26.39, or at Wine Country for $23.97.

Twin Suns Special Edition Pinot Noir 2016

A special-edition wine is what it sounds like: special, and something you might not see again soon. Observant readers of my wine writing may recall that my tasting group reviewed the Twin Suns Special Edition Mourvèdre 2015 last Pesach, and found that a truly unique, spicy wine, the likes of which I have never tasted before or since. There are just not many kosher California mourvèdre wines ever made.

In this case, while there are many kosher California pinot noirs, this special edition of 1,850 bottles came from a high-end crop of pinot noir grapes grown in the legendary Northeast U.S. pinot noir growing region in Dundee Hills, Oregon. The grapes came to Twin Suns as a result of serendipity, or hashgacha pratit, apparently. “The pinot noir was originally made for a client who trucked the grapes in from Oregon but ended up not being able to complete the project. We are thrilled to work with grapes from any great growing region, so we bought it from him and created this,” Shimon Weiss told me. It is always fun to receive a numbered bottle, indicating that only a few bottles were made. Our bottle, number 321, gave us the sense that we were privileged to be trying it.

The pinot noir was the most balanced, with truly understated elegance, of the Twin Suns wines we had in this tasting. It was “smooth, packed with flavor and acidity, and goes straight down,” said Aryeh.

“There was a balance here between sweet and dry but it’s not sweet,” said Jake, who is our resident pinot noir expert. “I like pinots, and this is a good one,” he added. This wine is available for $29.59 at FillerUp and $27.97 at Wine Country.

Limited numbers of these wines are available. The prices listed for all four wines at FillerUp (274 W. Englewood Avenue, Teaneck; 201-862-1700) is the per-case volume discount price for the Yom Tov season, and prices of Twin Suns individual bottles will be honored in any quantity for those who mention this article. WineLand is located at 247 DeGraw Avenue (corner of Queen Anne Road), Teaneck; 201-530-9463). Wine Country is located at 89 New Bridge Road, Bergenfield; 201-385-0106.


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2018 Summer Highlights

9/3/2018 8:48:57 AM     Kosher Wine     By Scott     Comments

Shiloh Winery 2014 Secret Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Judean Hills)

93POINTS

Editors’ Choice

This wine's raspberry and Mediterranean herb aromas lead to dark plum, black currant, anise, violet and iodine flavors. It has nice weight on the palate, with strong yet subtle tannins. The spicy finish is marked by a closing salty note.

Dalton 2016 Estate Oak Aged Grenache (Galilee)

92POINTS

Editors’ Choice

Deep ruby in the glass, this wine has a nose of strawberry and violet. Everything feels in balance, from fruit and spice to acidity and tannin. The flavors run from dark plum and cassis to white chocolate and anise, with lingering tannins and a finish marked by a soft splash of citrus.

Shiloh Winery 2014 Mosaic Red (Judean Hills)

92POINTS

Deep garnet in color, this wine has black cherry and ground pepper aromas. It fills the mouth with blackberry, black cherry, anise and chocolate flavors set among slightly chewy tannins that mellow out towards the orange-inflected finish.

Vitkin 2016 Israeli Journey Red (Israel)

91POINTS

This wine has cherry and violet aromas, with a note of talcum powder. It's smooth on the palate, with soft tannins and flavors of blackberry, cassis, licorice and lavender that culminate in a spicy, cranberry-laced finish.

Chateau Remo 2014 Hosen Red (Galilee)

91POINTS

A nose of cassis, dark plum and juniper paves the way for black cherry, black currant, anise, violet and orange zest flavors in this wine. It's full bodied, with smooth tannins that recede into a bright finish.

Hayotzer 2014 Special Edition Merlot (Galilee)

91POINTS

Blackberry and juniper aromas set the scene for cherry, black plum, white chocolate, orange zest and eucalyptus flavors in this wine. Smooth tannins provide the backdrop for its nice mix of fruit and savory characteristics, while the long-lasting finish is marked by a chocolate note.

Dalton 2016 Estate Oak Aged Shimshon Petite Sirah (Galilee)

91POINTS

This inky purple wine has a bouquet of blackberry and juniper. Although its profile runs a little cool, strong raspberry, cassis and orange zest flavors keep the baking spice and menthol notes in check. Strong yet pleasant tannins coat the gums through the espresso-laced finish.

Yatir 2013 Mt. Amasa Red (Judean Hills)

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With aromas of cherry, cranberry and chocolate, this wine offers similar notes on the palate, along with a hint of eucalyptus. Its strong and slightly grippy tannins are kept in check by vibrant acidity that triumphs on the mint and orange finish.

Golan Heights Winery 2014 Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon (Galilee)

91POINTS

This deep violet-colored wine has blackberry and violet aromas. It's soft and fruity on entry, with wild berry, toffee, anise, nutmeg and ginger flavors. Ever-present but not overpowering tannins build as spice notes take over, dropping off towards the notably soft finish.

Golan Heights Winery 2014 Yarden Merlot (Galilee)

91POINTS

Dark red-violet in the glass, this wine has cherry and orange rind aromas. It fills the palate with flavors of black cherry, pomegranate, orange and aniseed, offering velvety tannins and a smooth finish.

Tabor 2014 Storm Adama II Red (Galilee)

91POINTS

This deep violet-colored wine has aromas of raspberry and blackberry, with a hint of smoke. It's full on the palate and opulent in tannins, boasting flavors of black cherry, cassis, anisette and mocha. The finish is marked by a bright pomegranate note.

Tulip Winery 2016 Just Cabernet Sauvignon (Upper Galilee)

91POINTS

Deep garnet in the glass, this wine has a nose of cherry and black tea. Well integrated wild berry, milk chocolate, coffee and orange zest flavors are set in a web of strong but not overpowering tannins. The long, smooth finish is capped by a final bright note.

Yatir 2013 Yatir Forest Red (Judean Hills)

91POINTS

Dark garnet to the eye, this wine features cherry, blueberry and roasted red pepper aromas. It's rounded on the palate, with smooth tannins and raspberry, black currant, orange zest and violet flavors that coalesce in a zesty finish.

Covenant Israel 2016 Blue C Red (Israel)

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This blueberry-colored wine features black cherry, orange zest and black pepper aromas. Its spice notes are stronger than its fruit, suggesting anise, allspice, black currant and stewed plums. Smooth tannins make way for a citrus note on the finish.

Teperberg 2016 Impression Cabernet Sauvignon (Samson)

90POINTS

This wine's raspberry, strawberry and peppermint aromas set the scene for ripe summer cherry, blueberry, white chocolate and mint tea flavors. Velvety tannins carry it through a zesty, orange-inflected finish.

Golan Heights Winery 2014 Yarden Syrah (Galilee)

90POINTS

Aromas of cherry, raspberry and lavender prepare the palate for well-balanced fruit and spice flavors—notably black cherry, cranberry, anise, mace and vanilla. Its pervasive acidity is backed by smooth tannins from first sip through the bright, pomegranate-laced finish.

Shiloh Winery 2016 Privilege Red (Judean Hills)

90POINTS

Inky red violet in color, this wine has blackberry, juniper and vanilla aromas. It offers black cherry, strawberry, mocha, vanilla bean and black pepper flavors, its bold fruit and acidity overcoming the somewhat chewy tannins. It culminates in a smooth, milk chocolaty finish.

Carmel 2013 Limited Edition Red (Galilee)

90POINTS

This deep violet-colored wine offers an enticing whiff of cherry pie on the nose. Strong acidity balances its heavy tannins while cherry, strawberry, orange zest, violet and vanilla flavors power on into a bright, lingering finish.

Dalton 2016 Estate Oak Aged Merlot (Galilee)

90POINTS

This inky violet wine has blackberry, espresso and smoke aromas. It feels good on the palate, with soft tannins and cassis, cherry preserves, pomegranate and baking spice flavors. It offers a bright splash on the finish.

Tabor 2013 Thunder Adama II Red (Galilee)

90POINTS

Inky garnet in the glass, this wine has fruit-filled aromas of raspberry, strawberry and orange zest. Lush, long-lasting tannins provide a framework for its blackberry, cassis, dark chocolate, spearmint and orange rind flavors that culminate in a bright yet velvety finish.

Domaine du Castel 2016 La Vie Rouge du Castel Red (Haut-Judeé)

90POINTS

Dark ruby in color, this wine has a fruit-forward nose full of raspberry and strawberry scents. It's soft in the mouth, with blackberry, dark plum and cocoa powder flavors that wind down into a spicy finish.


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