Judean Hills, 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


Judean Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2006


Dark ruby in color with a reddish brick rim.

Pretty nose and dry on the palate with nice complexity.

Showing plums, cooked cherries, light oak, spices, vanilla, licorice, chocolates, tobacco, herbs, wet leaves and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and cherries.

This 17 year old is peaking now. Soft and rich, yet elegant. A gorgeous wine.

A great sipping wine to have all by itself, and will also pair nicely with a big piece of steak.

I've had a few vintages of this Cabernet, old and young, but this one was the best so far.

A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Petit Verdot. Aged in oak barrels for 12 months. Unfiltered and kosher.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

95 points.

— 4 months ago

Daniel, ESF and 15 others liked this


Secret Reserve Petite Sirah 2019

This wine is very dark in color and bombastic on the nose and palate. Aromas of ripe, dark fruit burst forth, accompanied by earth notes and oak spice that was maybe a little heavy-handed. Still, it’s a party on its own. Flavors of blackberry, plum, blueberry, licorice and clove are as muscular as one would expect from the grape. The huge finish lasts quite some time. — 4 months ago

Daniel P., Tom and 4 others liked this

Tzora Vineyards

Shoresh Judean Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2021

Another hit from Tzora. Excellent Sauvignon Blanc provides strong citrus flavors that are perfectly balanced by Chardonnay to create an elegant white wine. — 6 months ago

Tzora Vineyards

Judean Hills Blanc 2019

Strong brilliant yellow color. A wine with a presence. Noticed oak, medium acidity. — a month ago

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.

Tzora Vineyards

Judean Hills Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2021

Drinking with business friends in Golan Heights Israel. — 5 months ago

Tzora Vineyards

Misty Hills Red Blend 2020

Pretty color of dark ruby, with a wide reddish rim.

Strong nose and fruit forward.

Full bodied, smooth and elegant, with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with nice complexity and mouthfeel.

Showing black plums, cooked cherries, currants, oak, light vanilla, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, earth, tobacco leaf and herbs.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.

This young red blend is already drinking beautifully. It is full of chocolates and light earth notes. Interesting, rich and good by itself.

Will continue to age nicely in the next 10 to 15 years. Has good potential to become a 94+ point wine.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly, so be patient.

Drinking it with the winemaker, made it so much more special.

A blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon and 49% Syrah. Kosher and not Mevushal.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

— 3 months ago

Ronald, Jose and 9 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

Tzora Vineyards

Shoresh Cabernet-Syrah Blend 2015

This is now my favorite Israeli wine. It’s a better Bordeaux blend than Domaine du Castel. Rich earthy notes, strong cranberry and plum flavors, leather and tar in the finish. A kosher wine that can take its place among non-kosher wines. — 6 months ago

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