Kadma Winery Lirae 2012 Ella Valley, Israel

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My Rating 83 Points.
Price $18.

Dark ruby in color with a pink rim.

On the nose, flowers, Mediterranean spices, blackberries, currants, oak, forest floor and earth.

Medium-bodied with nice acidity.

Dry and fruity on the palate with currants, vanilla, strawberries, cherries, blueberries, spices and black pepper.

Medium finish with soft tannins and black pepper.

This is a nice reminder of a right bank, French Bordeaux wine, yet this is from the Ella Valley in Israel.

Fermented in clay barrels for 4 months and then aged in French oak barrels for 14 months.
Nice and balanced. 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Merlot.

14.5%  alcohol by volume

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11 thoughts on “Kadma Winery Lirae 2012 Ella Valley, Israel

  1. Curious: is it a Kosher wine? More of them are these days…we’ve come a long way from Manechevitz and Mogen David.
    You really need to post a profile of you…from the quality of your tasting comments it would add to your credibility. Are you a somme? candidate? wine seller? aficionado?
    Thanks,

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  2. I was recently introduced to a wine I want to try and will soon: Chateau Belle-Vue from Lebanon! It too is a Bordeaux blend and get this: the current release is their 2007! Production is just 20,000 BOTTLES, not cases!
    Check it out!

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  3. Interested that you say fermented in ‘clay barrels’. I know some producers are going back way into history and using amphora (or qvevri) which can be buried in the ground for natural temperature control. Others are going super-modern and using egg-shaped fermenters made of concrete, which are thought to give a more even fermentation. Do you know which? The wine sounds most interesting, too.

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  4. Thanks for stopping by the blog. It seems this wine might be a rather nice pairing with the Stuffed Pork Loin with Espresso-Cider Gravy, though not very kosher, I’m afraid! Thanks again for stopping by and I’ll check in on your blog from time to time.

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