Galilee, Israel

Carmel Winery

Admon Vineyard Malbec 2016


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.

— 8 days ago

Iwan, Mike and 12 others liked this


Grand Reserve Capernaum Cabernet Sauvignon Petit Verdot 2016


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.

— a day ago

Cynthia, ES and 15 others liked this


Reserve Galilee Shiraz 2015

Brutale Frucht, Brombeere, Zwetschgen, Vanille.
Süss, hoher Alkoholgehalt.
— 20 days ago

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.

— 14 days ago

Vanessa, Ted and 23 others liked this


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. — 2 days ago


Dry Marselan Galilee Grenache Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

A well structured wine, excellent vfm. Strong dark red color, good nose of fruits and earth. Ripeness of the grape is balanced nice with acidity. You want to take the next sip..... — 16 days ago

Ericsson liked this

Galil Mountain Winery

Alon Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2016

Full bodied, smooth. Great find. — 4 days ago

Domaine Netofa

Tel Qasser Roussanne 2017


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.

— 22 days ago

Daniel, Paul and 25 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.

— a month ago

Keith, Josh and 16 others liked this

Golan Heights Winery

Yarden Galilee Chardonnay

Quite remarkably good! You can tell everything was done well (ripe fruit, quality oak, precise vinting) and at this price point I wish I could get more ($12ish on clearance at WF).  drank this over three days and it was beautiful each time!! — 18 days ago