Galilee, Israel

Golan Heights Winery

Yarden Galilee Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Time for my #FridayCabernetfix . Here's a beautiful one from Israel.

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

Nice nose of black currants, blackberries, cherries, vanilla, earth, wood, vegetables, dark coffee, herbs, tobacco leaf, spices, graphite and peppercorn.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, bell pepper, cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, dark chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, earth, black tea and spices.

Long finish with fine tannins and tangy raspberries.

This Israeli Cabernet Sauvignon is always enjoyable. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel and nice complexity. Tastes like a blend of old world and new world.

Needs 3 hours to open up properly and show its tannins and complexity, but good right out of the bottle also.

Wine Enthusiasts 90 points.

This 6 year old is very tasty now, and will age nicely in the next 5 to 7 years.

Grapes are grown at a high elevation and aged for 18 months in French oak barrels. Kosher for Passover.

14.5 % alcohol by volume.

93 points.

— 2 days ago

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Golan Heights Winery

Gamla Galilee Sangiovese 2012


Smooth and full-bodied Israeli wine — 12 days ago

Tulip Winery

Just Upper Galilee Merlot 2016

Post-show bev. Goes down easy. It’s that hint o’ green that keeps it flowing. Not too tannic, not too much of anything—which is to say there is enough. Totally pleasant. It’s like watching Sesame Street as an adult. Won’t challenge your brain but will be pleasant and give you, if not the warm fuzzies then at least a bit of alcohol-induced warmth. If I needed four glasses at a Seder I could. Oh wait you wanted real notes? If you didn’t stop reading now.
WSET-ish style:
Eye: medium ruby, thick tears Nose: cherries, huckleberries, a hint of asphalt and a lick of arugula. Palate: dry, medium acid, medium minus tannins, high abv, medium body and flavor intensity, cherry cordial, blueberry pancakes (no maple but vanilla tinged, green pepper, Is that a Granny Smith in my merlot? May be. Medium finish.
— 7 days ago

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Golan Heights Winery

Golan Galilee Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

When one waits there can be rewards. This Cab has delicious plum and currant flavors, soft oak accent and long finish. Was ready and well balanced. — 17 hours ago

Golan Heights Winery

Yarden Galilee Brut Rosé 2012

Pissy pink 👀 with tiny firm bubbles

Grass, strawberry and citrus oil 👃

Medium + body
High acidity

Juicy, tart and crisp 👄

Long tingling dry 🎯

That's a good one.
— 23 days ago

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Petillant Natural Dabiki White Blend 2017

Israeli pet Nat with dabuki, an indigenous grape in the blend.

Had the 2016 vintage a while ago. Progress is here, this is 2017.
2018 was released but my wine shop still lives in the past...

11.5% ABV

Strong yellow with tiny tiny bubbles 👀

Started lemon-ish but as it got warmer it was more stinky cheese factory with a horse stable next door 👃

Medium body.
High acidity.

Tiny Bubbles attack then funkness with lemon and added grapefruit bitterness 👄

Light and pleasant 🎯 with creaminess lingering.

A very pleasant one!
Made better impression on guests than yesterday's posh old vintage sparkling rose...

Excellent vfm (69 nis).
Better then 2016 vintage. Need to check 2018 now.

paired lovely with bread, butter and stinky cheese plate.
And some hummus, tahini , tomato salsa and jahnun. Great with bold food...
— 22 days ago

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Golan Heights Winery

Gilgal Galilee Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

No makeup pretty wine. The beverage is purple as it’s label and also tastes purple-y if I may say so. There was surely some oak at play, something cocoa-y and a touch blackberry jammy. It’s a wine I’d take to a Cure concert. I don’t mean to drink. Just personality wise I feel like it would listen to the Cure. If only wine could dance. — 21 days ago

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Covenant Wines

Syrah 2016

Took this down last night with the bf and we both give it a thumbs up. It is purple-y fruity flowered and I believe was friends with an oak barrel at some point in its life. Seder-friendly, I’d think. All these kosher wines are making me crave haroset. — 4 days ago

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