Israel

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. — 3 days ago

Shawn, Trixie and 9 others liked this

Segal Winery

Petit UF Unfiltered Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

a tart, red fruit , tannic cabarnet sauvignon.
nothing special but not too bad.
good vfm (70 nis on sale)

i'm assuming ageing will help rounding it.
— 16 hours ago

David liked this

Recanati

Yasmin Red Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

Best kosher wine we've had. — 11 hours ago

Yehuda

Reserve Judean Hills Dry Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

A fruit forward Cabernet Sauvignon from Israel.

Showing black fruits with earth, wood, spices, vegetables, light vanilla, tobacco, peppercorn, espresso, chocolates and bell pepper.

Full bodied, smooth and elegant, with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Nice length on the finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

Very enjoyable by itself or with food. Needs a couple of hours to open up properly and show some tannins.

Could use a few more years in the bottle to mature and remove some of the vegetable notes.

I had it a couple of years ago and it was very austere, now it is very drinkable although still young.

Aged for 24 months in New French oak barrels.

14% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$45.
— 20 days ago

Daniel P., P and 19 others liked this

Jezreel

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...
— 21 days ago

Peter, Neil and 2 others liked this

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, green...apple? Is that a Granny Smith in my merlot? May be. Medium finish.
— 6 days ago

David, Severn and 9 others liked this

Cremisan Cellars

Star of Bethlehem Baladi 2015

An interesting Red blend from Bethlehem.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and nice long legs.

Tangy finish with medium, round tannins.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, vanilla, wood, earth, barnyard, vegetables, spices, smoke and dark coffee.

Soft and smooth and very enjoyable. Feels like an old world wine.

Had it blind and called Austrian red. Wrong.

Made with local grapes grown around the winery. Organic.

13% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$20.
— a month ago

Justin, Douglas and 16 others liked this

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.

$35.
— 15 hours ago

Daniel P., P and 14 others liked this

Hayotzer

Lyrica GSM 2014

Very nice kosher wine. Cherries bouquet and oak. — 6 days ago

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. — 20 days ago

Norman, Matt and 21 others liked this
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@P A thank you and infinite cheers!!!
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@Trixie still feel like we need to hang out...
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@Ellen Clifford That would be a blast! Cool musical taste people unite!😉