Tag: Galilee

Carmel Winery Appellation Series Gewürztraminer 2018 Galilee, Israel

Golden in color.

Sweet nose of honeydew, citrus, lemon candy, honey, white flowers, orange, spices and light earth.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Off dry on the palate with citrus, apples, pears, light honey, spices, white pepper, earth and bitter herbs.

Medium finish with tangy limes and almonds.

This is a tasty Gewurztraminer from Israel, with a lovely nose.

Well balanced with mild complexity and a soft mouthfeel. A good wine to have by the pool.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a Charcuterie board of cheeses, crackers and nuts. Paired nicely with the goat cheese.

Aged in stainless steel vats for 3 months. Kosher and not Mevushal.

11% alcohol by volume.

89 points.


Tabor Winery Adama Merlot 2017, Israel

It’s time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.

Ruby in color with a wide rim.

On the nose black plums, oak, vegetables, barnyard, earth, bitter herbs, spices and black pepper.

Full bodied with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with black plums, black currants, oak, vanilla, cloves, tobacco, dark chocolates, earth, black pepper, vegetables and coffee.

Short finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice everyday wine from Israel. Tangy and fruit forward, with a soft mouth feel. Simple and good by itself or with food.

Better after an hour of airtime, and only after 2 hours in the decanter, some of the barnyard notes disappeared.

This 5 year old is peaking now, so drink up. The high alcohol is well integrated by now.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

100% Merlot grapes were grown on rich volcanic soil in the upper Galilee region. Aged in French oak barrels for 12 months. Kosher and not Mevushal.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

87 Points.


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.


Segal Winery Wild Fermentation Chardonnay 2019, Galilee, Israel

Segal Winery Wild Fermentation Chardonnay 2019, Galilee, Israel

Light straw in color.

On the nose citrus, pears, earth, light oak, sweet vanilla, herbs and white pepper.

Medium bodied with medium acidity, crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with lemons, citrus, green apples, grapefruits, bitter herbs, spices, light wood, earth, mixed greens and white pepper.

Tangy finish with bitter almonds and limes.

This is an interesting Chardonnay from Israel. Drinks like an old world white from the South of France.

This 3 year old Chardonnay is showing nice complexity now, and earthier than I expected it to be.

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

Grapes were fermented on their natural yeast. Aged in French oak barrels. Kosher and not Mevushal.

12% alcohol by volume.

89 points.