Negev, Israel

Stoudemire

Grand Reserve Capernaum Cabernet Sauvignon Petit Verdot 2016

#kosherwineSunday

Dark ruby in color with a thin reddish rim.

On the nose blueberries, black plums, black cherries, sweet strawberries, licorice, vanilla, oak, chocolates, earth, dark coffee, light alcohol and pencil lead.

Full bodied with medium plus acidity. Bold yet elegant.

Dry on the palate with black currants, plums, cherries, chocolates, tobacco, dark coffee, light cedar, earth, leather, vanilla, licorice, spices, peppercorn and herbs.

Medium on the finish with soft tannins and tangy pomegranates.

This is an interesting Cabernet Sauvignon blend from Israel. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel. Feels more like a Right Bank Bordeaux, which is very interesting.

Still young, but already approachable, and showing good potential. A good quality wine, that would be nice to revisit in 5 years.

Needs 3 hours to open up properly, and remove some of the acidity.

Tangy and spicy. Rich, elegant and extracted. Very tasty.

Good by itself and better with food. Paired very nicely with Brie cheese.

A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Petit verdot. Aged for 24 months in French Oak barrels. Kosher.

14% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$100.
— 2 days ago

Cynthia, ES and 16 others liked this

Teperberg Winery

Legacy Dry Cabernet Franc 2017

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Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.

Strong fruity nose with blackberries, cooked cherries, cedar, vanilla, spices, earth, tobacco, coffee, herbs light alcohol, light vegetables and peppercorn.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with black currants, plums, raspberries, cooked cherries, cedar, leather, earth, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, chocolates, light vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy strawberries.

This is a delicious Cabernet Franc from Israel. Nicely balanced and good by itself or with food. Tangy, interesting, spicy and attractive. Rich and elegant.

Showing nice complexity at this point, and will age nicely in the next five to seven years.

Needs 90 minutes to open up properly, but good right out of the bottle as well. After 2 hours of airtime, more red fruits come in, and dominate both the palate and the nose.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers. Delicious.

Grapes grow in the Judean Hills region, and fermented on their own yeast. Aged for 18 months in Oak barrels. Kosher and non Mevushal.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$68.
— a month ago

Brandon, Andrew and 16 others liked this

Assaf Winery

Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Here is a delicious Cabernet for #AgedWineTuesday.

Ruby in color with a hint of brick.

Spicy nose of peppercorn, blueberries, cherries, sweet raspberries, tobacco, earth, Indian spices, wood, cardamom, light vegetables, cinnamon, vinaigrette, and dark chocolates.

Medium plus in body and elegant with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with black currants, sweet cherries, raspberries, spices, tobacco leaf, graphite, herbs, black pepper, chocolates, black olives, earth and black tea.

Nice length on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This 9 year old Cabernet Sauvignon from Israel is delicious now. Easy drinking and elegant with nice complexity.

Still drinking very nicely, although this was probably better a couple of years ago.

Needs 3 hours to open up, but after 4 hours, nice tannins come in with nice structure, so be patient.

A good quality wine. Spicy, tangy, elegant and interesting.

A blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Cabernet Franc. Aged for 20 months in French and American oak barrels. Grapes are grown in the Golan Heights region.

Thank you Sean for sharing this with me.

I paired it with cheeses, olives and nuts.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$45.
— a month ago

Keith, Josh and 16 others liked this

Carmel Winery

Admon Vineyard Malbec 2016

#kosherwineSunday

Dark Inky in color with a short purplish rim.

Strong nose of plums, blackcurrants, blackberries, earth, wood, vanilla, smoke, peppercorn, spices, tobacco, dark chocolates, espresso, light herbs and pencil lead.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with black plums, black cherries, black currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, earth, tobacco, herbs, bitter vegetables and peppercorn.

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a very nice Malbec from Israel. This Single Vineyard is spicy with a tangy finish.

This Single Vineyard is nicely balanced and fruit forward, with mild complexity and a nice mouthfeel.

I gave it 3 hours to open up, but it is drinkable right out of the bottle (I usually give Malbecs 3 hours of airtime, Probably a personal preference, though). Showing an aromatic nose, once it opens up, so give it time.

I've had the 2014 not too long ago, and it was much better, so it would be worth your while to wait with this for a couple of years.

Good by itself as a sipping wine. I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

100% Malbec grapes are grown in the upper Galilee region at 2,200 feet of elevation. Aged for 15 months in French Oak barrels. Kosher and non Mevushal.

15.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$30.
— 9 days ago

Iwan, Mike and 12 others liked this

Recanati

Petite Sirah 2016

Decantation: four hours. It's deep, it's powerful. My last bottle from Recanati. I strongly recommend this label. It's easily to find dark fruit there, especially a plum, a blackberry. But the keyword is a coffee or mocha. It's overwhelming. I expected strong tannins, but no, they're mild with some interesting aftertaste. — 3 days ago

Bat Shlomo Vineyards

Betty's Cuvée Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2014

Very balanced, melded flavors of raspberry, fig, chocolate, cinnamon, cardamon. Amazing ageing and flavors! — 19 days ago

Elie Wurtman
with Elie

Covenant Wines

Covenant Israel Blue C Viognier 2018

This is a delicious Viognier from Israel. Dry on the palate and fruit forward with limes, lemons, citrus, green apples, minerals and white pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity. Long tangy finish with limes.

Showing nice complexity, crisp and refreshing. Tasty and good by itself or with food. I paired it with a cheese board and olives, by the lake. Kosher.

13.6% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$28.
— 19 days ago

Douglas, Eric and 16 others liked this

Domaine Netofa

Basse Galilee Syrah Blend 2017

This is a very tasty Syrah from Israel. Showing black fruits with earth, wood, tobacco, chocolates, cloves, coffee, light vegetables and peppercorn.

Full bodied with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with nice complexity and mouthfeel.

Shows like a Northern Rhone Syrah.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly, and show the complexity. If you have the patience, 4 hours would be better.

Still young and would be nice to revisit it in 3 years.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

14% alcohol by volume. Kosher.

91 points.

$60.
— 15 days ago

Vanessa, Ted and 23 others liked this

Domaine Netofa

Tel Qasser Roussanne 2017

#kosherwineSunday

Golden in color.

Spicy nose with ripen yellow apples, spices, light vanilla, wood, bitter herbs, vegetables, apricots, peppercorn, citrus and lemons.

Full bodied with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with apples, over ripened citrus fruits, lemons, light butter, herbs, limes, spices and black pepper.

Tangy finish with black pepper and limes.

This 3 year old Roussanne from Israel is delicious now. Showing nice complexity with a great buttery mouthfeel.

I had it a year ago, and it is drinking nicer now. Would be nice to see how this evolves in the next year or two. Nicer when it opens up (30 minutes). A good quality wine.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with grape leaves, crackers, cheeses and olives.

100% Roussanne grapes from the Galilee were aged for 10 months in French oak barrels. Kosher.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$32.
— 23 days ago

Daniel, Paul and 25 others liked this

Barkan Vineyards

Classic Petite Sirah 2016

Pours deep, inky red with a glossy sheen. Nose is ripened berries and earth. Nose doesn't last too long once poured. Initial tasting is slightly sour, with green apple peel, cherries and Some oak in the background along with leather and some dark chocolate. Dry and peppery with a relatively long finish of red currants and some plums, some alcohol comes through. Would be better in 5-8 years — 18 days ago