Category: Israeli Red Blend

Vitkin Winery Old Vines Carignan 2016, Israel



This 6 year old Carignan from Israel is drinking very nicely now. Tangy and interesting.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Showing red fruits with wood, earth, spices, tobacco, chocolates, coffee and peppercorn.

Dry on the palate with a soft mouthfeel, and a nice aromatic nose.

Tangy finish with fine grained tannins and cranberries.

Good right out of the bottle, and better after an hour of airtime.

I’ve had this vintage before, and this time did not decant it, but I gave it a light chill.

Paired nicely with the mushroom Brie cheese.

Kosher and not Mevushal.

13% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$35.

Yatir Winery Yatir Creek 2018 Judean Hills, Israel




Dark inky in color with a reddish rim.

Strong nose of plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, black plums, barnyard, earth, vegetables, peppercorn, dark chocolates and bitter herbs.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, bitter herbs, earth, vegetables, black tea, chocolates dark coffee and black pepper.

Nice finish with fine grained tannins and raspberries.

This is a unique Syrah based blend from Israel. Nicely balanced and still young. Earthy and stinky, in a good way. Feels like a Northern Rhône Syrah.

This 4 year old is starting to drink nicely now, and will continue to age nicely in the next 7 years.

Needs 3 hours to open up properly, but good right out of the bottle too.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with dried meats.

A blend of 73% Syrah, 11% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot, 7% Mourvedre and 3% Grenache. Aged for 12 months in large oak barrels. Kosher and not Mevushal.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$45.

Binyamina Winery Diamond 2019, Galilee, Israel




A pretty color of ruby with a wide reddish rim and medium plus intensity.

Fruity nose of blueberries, black plums, cooked cherries, spices, chocolates, light oak, licorice, cloves and herbs.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cherries, light oak, cloves, chocolates, herbs and peppercorn.

Spicy finish with soft tannins and tangy cherries.

This Cabernet Sauvignon blend from Israel is still young, but already enjoyable, even by itself.

Nicely balanced and fruit forward. Spicy and interesting.

Needs 45 minutes to open up properly. Earth and vegetable notes come in after 2 hours of airtime.

I’ve had the 2014 vintage a few years ago, and this is much better. Would be nice to revisit it in 3 years.

Paired nicely with an aged Spanish cheese.

A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 20% Syrah and 10% Petit Verdot. Aged for 16 months in French oak barrels. Kosher for passover and Mevushal.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$52.

Nana Estate Winery Cassiopeia 2019, Israel





Dark purple in color with a purplish rim.

Strong nose of cooked blackberries, sweet plums, licorice, light cedar, vanilla, spices, espresso, chocolates and tobacco.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and very fruity on the palate with blackberries, cooked
plums, dried figs, spices, black pepper, chocolates, mocha, tobacco leaf and light earth.

Long finish with fine grained tannins, peppercorn and cherries.

This is a very tasty Syrah blend from Israel. Easy drinking and smooth. Nicely balanced with nice complexity.

Fruit forward and rich. Extracted, yet elegant. Spicy finish makes it interesting.

Good right out of the bottle and better with airtime. I gave it a couple of hours in a decanter to open up properly.

Really tasty by itself as a sipping wine. Bold and beautiful. Tangy and interesting.

I paired it with cheeses and olives.

A blend of 85% Syrah, 12% Petite Sirah and 3% Petit verdot. Grapes are grown in the desert. Aged in French oak barrels for 14 months. Kosher and not Mevushal.

14.6% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$42.

Vitkin Winery Old Vines Carignan 2016, Israel





Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, black plums, cooked cherries, raisins, spices, light oak, earth, licorice, chocolates, caramel, herbs and black pepper.

Full bodied and soft with medium acidity and fat legs.

Dry on the palate with blueberries, plums, cherries, light oak, licorice, chocolates, tobacco, herbs, spices, earth, light vegetables and black pepper.

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

This is a very tasty Carignan from  Northern Israel. Showing nice complexity and easy drinking. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel.

This six-year-old is drinking very nicely now. Fruit forward and elegant. Tangy and interesting.

I had this vintage a couple of years ago, and it is drinking better now.

Good right out of the bottle and good by itself. I paired it with cheeses and fresh berries.

100% Carignan grapes were grown in the Carmel Mountain slopes. Aged for 16 months in French Oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. Kosher and not Mevushal.

13% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$35.

Shiran Winery Limited Edition Old Vine Carignan 2019, Israel





Dark purple in color with a wide purplish rim.

Fruity on the nose with blueberries, dark cherries, black plums, oak, spices, licorice, light alcohol, cloves, herbs, chocolates, tobacco and light metals.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with plums, blueberries, light oak, licorice, dark chocolates, earth, vegetables, bitter herbs, spices and tobacco leaf.

Tangy finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice and interesting Carignan from Israel.

Still young with nice potential to be even better in 5 years, but already showing nice complexity.

Tangy with a nice mouthfeel. Easy drinking and a good food wine.

Good right out of the bottle and good by itself. Gets earthier as it opens up (30 minutes)

I paired it with dried meats, crackers and fresh blueberries.

100% Carignan grapes were grown in the Judean Hills region. Aged for 12 months in Hungarian oak barrels. Only 600 bottles were produced. This is bottle number 565. Kosher and not Mevushal.

14% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$60.


Shiloh Winery Mosaic 2018, Israel



Time for a nice Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.

This is a delicious Merlot based Bordeaux blend from Israel. Still young and needs 5 years in the bottle to mature properly.

Full bodied with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate and very fruity. Big bold and beautiful.

Showing black fruits with cedar, vanilla, leather, spices, earth, chocolates, tobacco, coffee, light alcohol and peppercorn.

Tangy finish with nice length, round tannins and tangy cherries.

Good right out of the bottle and better with airtime. Good with food or by itself. A Delicious wine.

I’ve had the 2016 and 2017 before. Although the blend is somewhat different each year, it is very consistent in quality and taste. So far 2017 was my favorite.

I paired it with grilled meats.

A blend of 45% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Franc, 20% Petit verdot and 9% Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged for 18 months in French Oak barrels. Unfiltered and Kosher.

15.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$70.

Psagot Winery Edom M-Series 2017, Israel



It is time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

On the nose black plums, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, spices, light alcohol and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, cloves, light vanilla, tobacco, coffee and peppercorn.

Nice length on the finish with soft tannins and spices.

This is a very enjoyable Merlot based Bordeaux blend from Israel. Nicely balanced with a nice smooth mouthfeel.

This 5 year old is peaking now, and needs 90 minutes to open up properly, so be patient.

Fruit forward with nice complexity and mouthfeel. Good by itself or with food.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

A blend of 45% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13% Petit Verdot. Kosher and Mevushal.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$40.

Ghito Winery Adom Red 2018, Israel





Ruby in color with medium-plus intensity and a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose of bing cherries, raspberries, red currants, light oak, light spices, licorice, black pepper, vegetables, tobacco leaf, beef jerky, herbs and earth.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with over ripen cherries, plums, earth, tobacco, light wood, spices, vegetables, bitter herbs, light vinaigrette, dark chocolates and black pepper.

Tangy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This red blend from Israel is tasty and interesting. Showing nice complexity with a soft mouthfeel.

Smells like a new world Pinot Noir, but that doesn’t show up on the palate.

Good by itself or with food. Spicy and entertaining. Good right out of the bottle and easy drinking. Tannins show up after an hour of airtime.

Feels like a fruit forward Spanish red. Interesting stuff.

A good food wine that I paired with cheeses and crackers.

A blend of Grenache, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot. Aged for 16 months in mostly used French oak barrels. Kosher and unfiltered.

14% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$53.

Shiloh Winery Shor Barbera 2011, Israel

A pretty color of ruby with a wide brick rim.

Fruity nose of blueberries, currants, plums, licorice, light earth, eucalyptus, herbs, light vegetables, black pepper, spices, tobacco leaf and dark coffee.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with plums, sweet cherries, oak, light vanilla, spices, dark chocolates, coffee and black pepper.

Tangy long finish with fine tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a delicious and unique red wine from Israel. Tasty and elegant. Fruity, tangy and interesting with nice complexity.

Good right out of the bottle, and better with some airtime (1 hour).

Tasty and good by itself or with food. I paired it with a few meat dishes. Delicious with the lamb.

100% Barbera grapes were aged in French and American oak barrels for 16 months. Kosher.

14.3% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$38 (current vintage).