Tag: kosher wine

Tzora Vineyards Or 2015, Judean Hills, Israel

This is a fabulous sweet Gewürztraminer from Israel. Showing a great aromatic nose, and delicious on the palate.

Sweet and nicely balanced with enough acidity for the sugars.

Showing citrus, honeydew, tropical fruits, stewed lemons, apples, honeysuckle, kiwifruit, guava and spices.

This 5 year old is showing great complexity with a buttery mouthfeel. A great dessert wine and so easy to drink. Too bad it’s only 375 ml 😊

Would continue to age nicely in the next 5 to 7 years.

I’ve had it before, as a young wine, and it is so much better now, with some age.

100% Gewürztraminer grapes, made in the ice wine style. Kosher. Non Mevushal.

12% alcohol by volume.

95 points.

$35.

Tzuba Estate Winery Metzuda 2016, Judean Hills, Israel

For #kosherwineSunday and Cabernet Sauvignon Day, here is a nice one from Israel.

Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.

On the nose cherries, red currants, oak, tobacco, vanilla, licorice, spices, dark coffee, pencil lead, earth, vegetables, peppercorn, bitter herbs and light barnyard.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity long legs.

Dry on the palate with black currants, black plums, chocolates, wood, spices, light vanilla, green vegetables, tobacco leaf, earth, cocoa, dark roast coffee, herbs and peppercorn.

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

This is a very enjoyable Cabernet Sauvignon blend from the Judean Hills region in Israel. Showing nice complexity with a soft mouthfeel. Spicy and feels more like a Syrah dominant, at this point.

This new world wine shows a lot of old-world characteristics, which makes it interesting.

Good right out of the bottle, but better after 1 hour in a decanter, and will benefit from a few more years in the bottle.

Good by itself and better with food. I paired it with a Canadian Camembert cheese.

A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 5% Syrah. Aged in French oak barrels for 18 months. Kosher.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$30.

Flam Winery Blanc Unoaked 2017, Israel

Pale lemon in color with a green hue.

Fruity nose of citrus, limes, lemons, grapefruits, green apples, spices, herbs, minerals, sea salt and white pepper.

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

Dry and crispy on the palate with lemons, citrus, green apples, grapefruits, herbs and spices.

Long finish with limes and almonds.

This 3 year old Sauvignon Blanc/ Chardonnay blend is drinking very nicely now. Still nice and crisp, and good for the pool. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel.

Really shows the complexity when not too cold. Better after 30 minutes of airtime and nicer when not very chilled.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a gorgeous day by the pool.

A blend of 58% Sauvignon Blanc and 42% Chardonnay grapes from the Judean Hills region. Kosher. Not Mevushal.

13% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$33.

Teperberg Family Winery Essence Rosé 2019, Israel

A very pretty light pinkish color in the glass.

Very aromatic nose of citrus, grapefruits, light raspberries, limes, white flowers, earth, vegetables, Jasmine, herbs and white pepper.

Light to medium in body with medium plus acidity. Crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with limes, citrus, green apples, grapefruits, bitter herbs, spices, earth, light strawberries and black pepper.

Spicy finish with almonds and limes.

This is a nice Rosé from Israel. Very much in the Old World style. Resembles a Cote du Rhône Rosé. Earthy and spicy.

Interesting with mild complexity and better when properly chilled.

A nice food wine that I paired with Brie cheese and crackers.

A blend of 45% Grenache Noir, 35% Mourvedre and 20% Barbara. Kosher non Mevushal.

11.5% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$30.

Domaine Netofa Latour Rosado 2019, Galilee, Israel

This is a nice Rosé from Israel. Easy drinking with strawberries, raspberries, limes, citrus, green apples, grapefruits, vegetables and earth.

Medium plus in body and medium acidity, with a very enjoyable mouthfeel.

The nose is more new world, but the palate has a southern Rhône feel.

Earthy, spicy and better with food.
I paired it with cheeses and crackers by the pool. Really nice with the Spanish Manchego cheese.

Tempranillo grapes were grown in the Galilee region. Kosher.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$26.

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.

Matar Winery by Pelter Stratus 2017, Galilee, Israel

#kosherwineSunday

Deep purple in color with a purplish rim.

On the nose blueberries, black currants, plums, earth, wood, spices, peppercorn, light vanilla, tobacco, barnyard, licorice, coffee, vegetables and pencil lead.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with plums, black currants, oak, licorice, tobacco, sweet vanilla, spices, espresso, diet cola, tar, earth, pencil lead, herbs and peppercorn.

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

This is a very enjoyable Shiraz from Israel. Spicy and nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel. Drinking nicely now as a 3 year old, and will be nicer in the next few years.

Feels like a new world wine with a touch of old-world. Needs 90 minutes to open up properly. Once it opens up, it reminds me of a young Northern Rhone.

A nice wine to have all by itself, but better with food. I paired it with dried meats.

100% Shiraz grape from the Galilee region in Northern Israel. Aged for 14 months in Oak barrels. Kosher and not Mevushal.

14% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$35.

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Barkan Vineyards Winemaker’s Choice Chardonnay 2018 Judean Hills, Israel

This is a nice oaky Chardonnay from Israel. Showing lemons, citrus, yellow apples, melons, pears, herbs, oak, vanilla and black pepper.

Medium plus in body and spicy. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel.

Medium acidity with a tangy finish of lemons and limes.

Nice and easy drinking. Good by itself when properly chilled. Will also pair nicely with food, but i had it all by itself by the pool.

Has potential to be more interesting in the next few years and better after 45 minutes of airtime.

Aged for 6 months in oak barrels. Kosher.

13% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$25.

Domaine des Marronniers Chablis Les Marronniers 2017, Burgundy, France

Pale lemon in color with a green/ golden hue.

Fruity on the nose with yellow apples, citrus, light oak, spices, passion fruit, bananas, lemons, minerals, light green vegetables and black pepper.

Medium-bodied with medium-plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with limes, grapefruits, citrus, green apples, earth, herbs, sea salt and white pepper.

Medium plus on the finish with almonds and grapefruits.

This is a very nice Chardonnay from burgundy. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel.

Better when not too cold, that’s when it’s showing the complexity.

Refreshing, tangy and interesting.

Nice and bright and a great food wine that I paired with cheeses, olives and crackers.

Kosher and Mevushal.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$30.

Domaine Netofa Dor Syrah 2017, Galilee, Israel

Deep purple in color with a reddish rim.

Strong nose of black currants, plums, cooked blackberries, toasted oak, light vanilla, tobacco leaf, bell pepper, celery, vegetables, barnyard, tar, herbs, chocolates, peppercorn, spices and earth.

Full bodied with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with black plums, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, spices, earth, tobacco leaf, tar, bitter vegetables, dark chocolates, coffee, peppercorn and green herbs.

Medium plus on the finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very nice Syrah from Israel. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel and nice complexity.

Showing lots of fruits with earth and vegetable notes. Feels very much like a young Northern Rhone.

Still young and needs time to mature, but already very nice. Showing lots of potential. In the next 7 to 10 years, this can get to 93-94 points with proper cellaring.

This Single Vineyard needs time to open up. I gave it 3 hours, and that’s when it starts to shine.

A good quality wine that can last for many years.

Good by itself and with food. I paired it with cheeses and crackers. Went very nicely with the brie cheese.

100% Syrah grapes were aged in French oak barrels for 15 months. This series is made only in special vintages, when the fruit is prime. Only 5,000 bottles produced, this is bottle number 1,682. Kosher. Not Mevushal.

14% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$60.