Galilee, Israel

Domaine du Castel

Grand Vin Red Bordeaux Blend 2017

From a magnum bottle.
The cork was challenging, too dry and crumbled on its way out....
A very powerful nose and a full body, tasty, exceptional balanced wine is experienced.
— a month ago

Iwan liked this

Golan Heights Winery

Gilgal Galilee Cabernet Sauvignon 2020

This is a very dark wine, almost no light gets through a glassful of it. On the nose there is a complex set of aromas. Dark fruit - blackberry, cassis, blueberry - are met with savory support from the oak. Clove, baseball glove, tobacco, earth and black pepper all play a role in the sniff. The palate is a real discovery - as dark as you like it, with firm tannins and a long finish. In California terms, the shadings are a little more like Paso than Napa - a bit rambunctious and chalky as opposed to silky and demure. In fact, the wine could have convinced me that it was a Syrah, not a Cab, had I been blind tasting it. It’s a wonderful wine that screams for a big, beautiful steak to go with it. — 2 months ago

Doctor, Paul and 7 others liked this

Tzora Vineyards

Judean Hills Syrah Blend 2021

This is a young red blend from Israel.

Purple in color with a purplish rim.

Dry on the palate with mild complexity.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Showing black currants, plums, tobacco leaf, light oak, licorice, chocolates, herbs and spices.

Medium finish with grippy tannins and tangy raspberries.

This 2 year old needs a few hours to open up properly.

Needs 5 years in the bottle to mature properly.

Has good potential to become a 93+ point wine.

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Syrah. Kosher and not Mevushal.

90 points.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

— 4 months ago

Douglas, Ted and 13 others liked this

Golan Heights Winery

Yarden Mount Hermon Red Blend 2022

This wine is medium dark in the glass. It has a nose which puts ripe fruit up front, with cherry, raspberry and red currant dominating. Some spice rack is present, but oaky notes are not overwhelming here. Earthiness comes on in a co-starring role, however. Red fruit is the leader on the palate, too. There is a bit more oak influence in the flavor profile, but not to a great degree. Earth and mineral notes support the fresh, fruity aspect of the wine. Tannins are medium firm and the wine is very tasty and drinkable. — 2 months ago

Casey, Anthony and 7 others liked this

Golan Heights Winery

Yarden Galilee Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

Lovely Cab from Israel. Full bodied, black fruit, balanced oak. Elegant. — 3 months ago

Ira, Anthony and 7 others liked this

Clos de Gat

Har'El Syrah 2016

Third tasting and it reveals itself at its peak in a style that recalls Cornas or a first-class Saint-Joseph: Smoked bacon, animal, crunchy and powerful. Gourmet sensation of residual sugar. Caramel, roasting. Long and refined finish with drying and persistent tannins. Magnificent price/pleasure ratio. 2016 is perfectly balanced.

Troisième dégustation et il se révèle à son apogée dans un style qui rappelle Cornas ou un Saint-Joseph de première classe:
Lard fumé, animal, croquant et puissant. Sensation gourmande de sucre résiduel. Caramel, torréfaction. Finale longue et raffiné e aux tanins asséchants et persistants. Magnifique rapport prix/plaisir. 2016 est parfaitement à l’équilibre.
— 3 months ago

Ted, Tom and 19 others liked this

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Syrah from Israel? 🤔
Romain Fitoussi

Romain Fitoussi

@romo Yes, absolutely. They produce beautiful wines in various styles.

Golan Heights Winery

Yarden Galilee Chardonnay 2021

The 2021 Yarden Chardonnay has a lemony nose with orange peel and pear notes, and minerality that beats out butter. It smells almost unoaked. On the palate, the citrus is out front again, with an even stronger lean into the minerals. Acidity is fresh and zesty. Oak is not a problem in this very enjoyable wine. — 2 months ago

Paul, Tom and 4 others liked this

Golan Heights Winery

Yarden Sauvignon Blanc 2022

Pale Lemon in color.

Very aromatic nose with lots of gooseberry and citrus notes.

Medium in body with medium plus acidity.

Fruit forward with mild complexity.

Dry on the palate, crisp and refreshing.

Showing limes, citrus, light grapefruits, green apples light herbs, minerals and spices.

Tangy finish with limes and light almonds.

This Israeli Sauvignon Blanc is nicely balanced and enjoyable by itself. Easy drinking, tangy and a little bit spicy. Fresh and fruit forward.

I've had a few vintages of this Sauvignon Blanc before, and it is very consistent.

A great party wine, and good for the pool too.

Grapes are grown in the Golan Heights region. Kosher.

13% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

— 3 months ago

Trixie, FEFI and 14 others liked this

Golan Heights Winery

Yarden Gewürztraminer 2019

Very fruity on the palate. The a much fuller mouthfeel. Loved it. — 5 months ago

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with Bonnie

Golan Heights Winery

Yarden Merlot 2017

N: Cherry, red plum, raspberry, touch of orange peel on the nose.
P: currants, touch of raspberry jam, generally bright, hints of thyme, clove, cinnamon, and licorice join in
— 5 months ago