Judean Hills, Israel

Galil Mountain Winery

Ela Barbera Blend 2019

First dinner in Tel Aviv. Going to winery in about 2 weeks. Light red fruit on nose. Nice medium bodied cherry jolly rancher with smooth tannins. Can taste barbers. Little tobacco nice just a bit light but refreshing eating outside in June in israel — 3 days ago

with Ania

Tzora Vineyards

Misty Hills Red Blend 2016

An excellent holiday wine! Decent length, balance and body. — 2 months ago

Bruce Leboff
with Bruce
Bruce, Ira and 1 other liked this


Secret Reserve Merlot 2017

It’s time for a great Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.

Dark ruby in color with a purplish tint and a reddish rim.

Strong nose of blackberries, sweet plums, cooked cherries, cedar, figs, raisins, vanilla, spices, espresso, pencil lead, herbs and black pepper. A beautiful nose.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and very fruity on the palate with plums, sweet cherries, oak, spices, licorice, vanilla, earth, herbs and peppercorn.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a delicious Merlot from Israel. Very tasty already, but still very young.

Tangy and big. Fruit forward, spicy and interesting. Showing nice complexity and nicely balanced.

Good right out of the bottle, and better after 2 hours of airtime. Showing big tannins once it opens up.

Delicious by itself or with food and will age nicely in the next 10 years.

100% Merlot grapes were aged for 18 months in mostly new French oak barrels. Kosher and not Mevushal.

15.5% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

— 3 months ago

Ira, Daniel P. and 12 others liked this

Domaine du Castel

Petit Castel Kosher Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2017

Never disappoints. — 20 days ago

Tom, Rob and 10 others liked this


Secret Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2018


This is a very tasty Cabernet Sauvignon from Israel. Feels like a Napa Cabernet.

Showing black fruits with cedar, vanilla, coffee, cola, spices, earth, chocolates and peppercorn.

Dry on the palate and fruit forward.

Full-bodied and bold with a nice mouthfeel.

Still young and needs a few years in the bottle to mature properly. Would Age nicely in the next five to seven years. Has good potential to become a 94+ wine.

Entertaining and engaging. Smooth and elegant.

Aged in French oak barrels for 18 months. Unfiltered. Kosher and Mevushal.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

— 2 months ago

Severn, Paul and 12 others liked this

Carmel Winery

Judean Hills Gewürztraminer 2018


Golden in color.

Sweet nose of honeydew, citrus, lemon candy, honey, white flowers, orange, spices and light earth.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Off dry on the palate with citrus, apples, pears, light honey, spices, white pepper, earth and bitter herbs.

Medium finish with tangy limes and almonds.

This is a tasty Gewurztraminer from Israel, with a lovely nose.

Well balanced with mild complexity and a soft mouthfeel. A good wine to have by the pool.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a Charcuterie board of cheeses, crackers and nuts. Paired nicely with the goat cheese.

Aged in stainless steel vats for 3 months. Kosher and not Mevushal.

11% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

— 3 months ago

Ira, Paul and 13 others liked this

Tabor Winery

Single Vineyard Revadim Vineyard Marselan 2017

Restrained nose - but very full bodied and pleasant dark fruits. Quite tannic but soft on the finish. Nice. Shabbat shalom — a month ago

David Stein
with David

Five Stones Vineyards

Dry Rose Wine Judean Hills 2017

This is not a Bordeaux blend: Shiraz, marselan, carignan and Petite syrah — 2 months ago


Wadi Katlav Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2016

Pronounced from color to palate. Rich, chewy, good mouthfeel. Tasty.
More impressive than the bottle opened a year ago.
— 2 months ago

Iwan and Ericsson liked this


Pinot Noir 2020

One of those Pinot Noir’s that has sour cherry at the forefront and a hint of spice in its finish. — 4 months ago

Ron, Vanessa and 1 other liked this