Category: Israeli Cabernet Sauvignon

Or Haganuz Winery Namura Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Israel

This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Israel. Rich, extracted and spicy. Showing nice complexity with a great mouthfeel.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, cooked cherries, dried figs, tobacco, Mediterranean spices, cedar, vanilla, licorice, cloves, vegetables, herbs, coffee, cola, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This 7 year old is good right out of the bottle. Peaking now and will be good in the next 3 years. Tasty by itself or with food.

Nice to see how it evolves with airtime. Right out of the bottle it is very much in a Napa Cabernet style, but it gets much earthier with air, and changes into an Old World style wine (2 hours).

Tangy and interesting enough to drink by itself. Just Delicious.

Aged in French Oak barrels for 24 months. Kosher and vegan. A small production of only 4,000 bottles.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$60.

Covenant Israel Wines Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Israel

It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is tasty one from Israel.

A very pretty color of ruby with a very wide reddish/ brick rim.

Fruity nose with blueberries, blackcurrants, black plums, oak, licorice, earth, cloves, spices, light alcohol, light vanilla, coffee, light vegetables, pencil lead, tobacco and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, cherries, tobacco leaf, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, earth and light vegetables.

Spicy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Israel. Nicely balanced with a nice, soft mouthfeel.

Still very young and would benefit from a few years in the bottle, although it doesn’t drink like a young wine at all. Very interesting and very well put together. Feels like a Bordeaux with a new world twist.

Has good potential to become a great wine in 5 to 7 years. Would be interesting to check it out again then.

Showing nice complexity after 90 minutes of airtime, and good right out of the bottle, as well.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

Fermented with indigenous yeast, and aged for 18 months in French oak barrels. Kosher. Not Mevushal.

14.8% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$90.

Flam Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2017, Israel

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Strong nose of blackcurrants, black cherries, plums, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, tobacco, earth, mint, light herbs and black pepper.

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

Dry on the palate with blueberries, cherries, currants, oak, vanilla, dark chocolates, cloves, licorice, herbs, spices, earth, peppercorn and pencil lead.

Spicy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This young Israeli Cabernet Sauvignon is starting to drink nicely now.

Showing nice complexity with a gentle mouthfeel. Nicely balanced and tangy. Tasty, spicy and interesting.

Good right out of the bottle, and better after 2 hours of airtime.

This beautiful Bordeaux blend from Israel would benefit from 3 to 5 years of bottle time.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a delicious Brie cheese.

A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. Aged in French oak barrels for 12 months. Kosher and not Mevushal.

14.5% alcohol by volume

92 points.

$60.

Stoudemire Cellars Capernaum Grand Reserve 2016, Israel

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.

Assaf Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2011, Golan Heights, Israel

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.

Segal Winery Wild Fermentation Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 Judean Hills, Israel

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish/purplish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, blackcurrants, black plums, cloves, earth, wood, light vanilla, dark chocolates, coffee and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity and a smooth mouthfeel.

Dry on the palate with cherries, raspberries, blueberries, oak, spices, chocolates, peppercorn, dark coffee, tobacco leaf, herbs, graphite and earth.

Medium plus on the finish with fine-grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very interesting Cabernet Sauvignon from Israel. Showing black fruits on the nose and red fruits on the palate.

Tangy and spicy with a soft mouthfeel. A nice everyday wine.

Needs an hour to open up properly, but good right out of the bottle. This 3 year old is drinking nicely now, and will be good in the next couple of years.

A nice wine to pair with food. I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

Fermented with wild yeast. Aged in French Oak barrels for one year. Kosher and non Mevushal.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$25.

Shiloh Winery Mosaic 2016, Israel

It’s time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Here’s a very tasty one.

Dark ruby in color with a wide brick/ red rim.

On the nose plums, black cherries, light wood, licorice, eucalyptus, earth, light smoke, light vegetables wet leaves, black pepper, black tea, cola and light vinaigrette. The nose shows much like a Right Bank Bordeaux.

Full bodied with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blueberries, cherries, plums, raspberries, vanilla, licorice, wood, spices, peppercorn, chocolates, tobacco, graphite, dark coffee, vinaigrette, earth and tea leaves.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a great Merlot based Bordeaux blend from Israel. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Well balanced with nice acidity, a tangy finish and a nice and elegant mouthfeel.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly and show more complexity.

This 4 year old is drinking very nicely now. Good by itself and better with food. Delicious.

I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers.

A blend of 42% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc and 12% Petit verdot. Aged for 18 months in French Oak barrels. Kosher. Mevushal.

15.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$65.

Or Haganuz Winery Namura Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Israel

Dark ruby in color with a short purplish rim.

Fruity nose with blueberries, blackberries, black currants, vanilla, light cedar, black pepper, chocolates, licorice, cloves, spices, dark coffee, light vinaigrette, earth, leather and tobacco.

Full-bodied and smooth with medium plus acidity and long legs.

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

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very enjoyable Cabernet Sauvignon from Israel. Nicely balanced with a tangy finish.

This 6 year old is showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (30 minutes). Good by itself as a sipping wine by the porch.

This Single Vineyard is rich and fruit forward. Showing nice structure, and will be good in the next 3 years.

Grapes are grown at 2,400 feet of elevation on Terra Rossa soil. Aged in French Oak barrels for 24 months. Kosher and vegan.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$59.

Tabor Winery Storm Adama II 2014, Israel

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Strong nose of black currants, black plums, wood, vanilla, barnyard, vegetables, dark coffee, pencil lead, spices, black pepper, earth and leather.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, black currants, coffee, oak, cloves, earth, vegetables, graphite, spices, bitter herbs, peppercorn, dark chocolates and tobacco.

Medium finish with medium tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a delicious and interesting Cabernet Sauvignon /Petite Sirah blend from Israel.

Fruity with lots of earth notes. Feels like a blend of new and old world wine.

Well balanced and very tasty. This six-year-old tastes very much like a Washington State Syrah, which surprised me.

Good by itself or with food. Good right out of the bottle, and better as it opens up.

Wine Enthusiasts 91 points.

I paired it with Brie cheese and crackers.

A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Petite Sirah. Aged for 12 months in French Oak barrels. Kosher. Not Mevushal.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$25.

Tabor Winery Malkiya Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Israel

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, cooked cherries, figs, raisins, light cedar, vanilla, spices, licorice, light alcohol, herbs, earth, dark coffee, diet coke, chocolates and peppercorn.

Full bodied and bold with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, cooked plums, oak, licorice, cloves, earth, vanilla, light vegetables, dark coffee, herbs, tobacco, chocolates, spices and peppercorn.

Medium plus in finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a very tasty Cabernet Sauvignon from Israel. Showing nice complexity with a great mouthfeel. Well balanced with a spicy finish. Tastes very much like a high-end California Cabernet.

Good right out of the bottle, and better as it opens up (1 hour). Drinking very nicely now, and will be good in the next 5 years. Rich and extracted.

This 6 year old, Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, could use a few more years in the bottle to mature and gain more complexity. I’d like to revisit this in three years.

Wine Enthusiasts 89 points.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a cheese plate.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes grown at elevation of 2500 feet. Aged for 18 months in French Oak barrels. Kosher

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$60.