Tag: passover

Benhaim Family Winery Reserve Odysseia 2016, Mount Meron, Israel



It’s time for a delicious Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Pretty nose of blueberries, plums, cherries, light oak, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, herbs, earth, light vinaigrette, wet leaves and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, cedar, black currants, plums, tobacco, light vanilla, chocolates, coffee, black pepper and earth.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a delicious Merlot blend from Israel. Showing nice complexity with a soft mouthfeel. Elegant and fruity.

Spicy, soft and interesting. Already drinking very nicely, but still young. Would be nice to revisit it in 5 years. Will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

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

Showing a beautiful nose that I enjoyed smelling on for a while.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly, so be patient.

Wine Advocate gave it 89 points. Unfortunately since Robert Parker left they are really off.

A good quality wine that will pair nicely with BBQ Meats. I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

An interesting blend of 60% Merlot, with Cabernet Franc and Petite Sirah. Aged in French and American oak barrels for 24 months. A very small production of only 1,700 bottles. This is bottle number 1,269. Kosher.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$60.


Netofa Winery Latour Red 2018, Galilee, Israel




Dark purple in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose of black currants, plums, blueberries, oak, licorice, light vanilla, tobacco, light herbs, earth and black pepper.

Medium plus in body and elegant, with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with black currants, cherries, light earth, oak, vanilla, chocolates and spices.

Tangy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very nice Syrah blend from Israel. Feels like a Côtes du Rhône red, with a new world twist.

Nice and elegant with a great buttery mouthfeel. Easy drinking and good by itself.

This 3 year old shows nice complexity already, and will continue to age nicely in the next 5 years.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly and show the complexity.
I paired it with cheeses and olives.

A blend of 70% Syrah and 30% Mourvedre. Aged in French oak barrels for 13 months. Kosher and not Mevushal.

14% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$30.


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.

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.

Tabor Winery Shifon Vineyard Tannat 2014, Israel

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

On the nose blueberries, plums, sweet cherries, black currants, light oak, licorice, chocolates, mocha, spices and black pepper.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, black currants, coffee, oak, spices, licorice, light vegetables, pencil lead, peppercorn, leather, earth, coffee and tobacco.

Medium on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

I opened this Israeli Tannat yesterday, and I felt like it is not there yet, so I corked it back and left it in the fridge for a day. Today it is drinking much nicer.

Nicely balanced and tangy, with a nice mouthfeel. Showing nice complexity.

This is my first Tannat from this region. Feels like a right Bank Bordeaux. Most of the Tannats I’ve had before, were from South America and this one is different, interesting and unique.

This Single Vineyard is very yummy now, and will be better in the next 5 years.

Grapes are grown in the Golan Heights region at an elevation of 3,000 feet. Kosher for Passover.

14% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$40.

Chateau Cantenac Brown Margaux Grand Cru Classé 2015 Bordeaux, France

Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.

Fruity nose with blackberries, black currants, black plums, black cherries, oak, light vanilla, licorice, earth, tobacco, dark chocolates, spices, light herbs and coffee.

Full-bodied and smooth with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with black cherries, raspberries, currants, licorice, oak, tobacco, spices, peppercorn, light vegetables, alcohol, earth and leather.

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

What a great third growth Left Bank Bordeaux. This 5 year old from the great 2015 vintage, is showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel. Already balanced, yet still very young.

Needs 4 hours to open up, so I recommend taking your time with it. (I tasted it every 30 minutes).

Still needs 10 years in the bottle to mature properly, but so delicious now.

A blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon and 39% Merlot. Aged for 16 months in French oak barrels. Kosher for passover.

14% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$85.

Carmel Winery Admon Vineyard Malbec 2014, Galilee, Israel

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Strong nose of blackberries, black plums, cherry pie, wood, light vanilla, licorice, dark chocolates, light earth, alcohol, eucalyptus and leather.

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

Dry and fruity on the palate with black currants, black plums, wood, spices, vanilla, tobacco, espresso, chocolates, earth, herbs, vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.

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

This is a very tasty Malbec from Israel. Showing nice complexity with a great mouthfeel. Well balanced and good by itself or with food.

Fruit forward, rich and opulent with a tangy and spicy finish. Interesting with nice acidity to balance all these fruits.

This 6 year old, Single Vineyard, is drinking very nicely now. Would be good in the next 3 to 5 years.

Needs an hour to open up properly and balance itself out.

Grapes are grown in the upper Galilee region, at an elevation of 2,500 feet above sea level. Aged in French Oak barrels for 15 months. Kosher for passover. Only 6,700 bottles made (this is number 742).

15% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$32.