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Israeli Wines - Passover

A few wines stood out in tasters’ comments. The least expensive red and white got favorable notes, thePinot Gris for its bright freshness and the Malbec for its softness and up front fruit.
March 15, 2018

Two frequently mentioned reds were the 2013 Dalton Alma Scarlet GSM a Rhone blend , and expecially the 2016 Gvaot Vineyard “Vineyard Dance”. The former had a bright spiciness; the latter, a Bordeaux blend, had a very interesting Cabernet based complexity. To me, it was more in the style of Napa or Sonoma, but nonetheless excellent. Both got the imprimatur of Tanya G , who is newly arrived from Israel.

The Shiloh Chardonnay had the freshness and bright ripe fruit that one might expect from Sonoma County. The 2014 Jerusalem Vineyard Premium Shiraz 3400 had the echoes of leather and plum like you find in Australian Shiraz, but was more lively and flowing than most of those. 3400, refers to the year in the Hebrew calendar when Cyrus the Great permitted the Jews to return to Palestine from their Babylonian exile.

All these wines are kosher for Passover. Some are mevrushal.


2016 Dalton Estate Pinot Gris Aroma: fresh fruity grape, nicely juicy, clean firm; Mouth: bright acid rounded, lightly smoky, clean herbaceous on the finish, good length; Very Good Plus 22.99; Mixed Case, 20.69; Case, 19.54

2014 Shiloh Chardonnay Aroma: clean firmly dry, fresh, clean nicely firm, clean ; Mouth: juicy rather dense, citrus & papaya, juicy forward, nice acid, back, a flinty note ; Very Good Plus 36; Mixed Case, 32.4; Case, 30.6




2016 Barkan Malbec Color: medium dark; Aroma: heady herbal rather dense, slight mint; Mouth: clean fresh juicy smooth,. light to medium body, light acid line; Very Good 14.99; Mixed Case, 13.49; Case, 12.74

2014 Recanati Merlot Color: medium dense; Aroma: sweet oak rather dense, heady; Mouth: juicy bright acid smooth texture medium weight, clean bright fine; Very Good Plus 17.99; Mixed Case, 16.19; Case, 15.29

2014 Segal’s Cabernet Special Reserve Color: medium deep ruby; Aroma: light soft elegant,  rather clean lightly pretty sweet; Mouth: clean rather juicy tight firm tight acid, crisp, clean ; Very Good Plus23.99; Mixed Case, 21.59; Case, 20.39

2016 Gvaot Vineyard “Vineyard Dance”  Aroma: heady very sweet oak, dense, leanish spice, lightly bright complex, firm acid, light cabernet tannins, firm, Mouth: clean bright & firm, tight acid, spicy dense, dark wood notes, nice mingling of bright acids & tannins, complex & layered, in a more New world style;Very Good - Excellent 45; Mixed Case, 40.5; Case, 38.25

2014 Jerusalem Vineyard Premium Shiraz “3400” Aroma: dense and heavy rather full, light oak edge, plummy & rich; Mouth: clean on entry light spicy aussie style shiraz without too much weight, clean light acid rather full, long; Very Good Plus 23.99; Mixed Case, 21.59; Case, 20.39

2013 Dalton Alma Scarlet GSM Color: medium dark rather dense; Aroma: fresh rather spicy very pretty rather dense, lightly, pretty floral herbal ; Mouth: lightly fresh rather deep, clean spicy syrah round, with fine tannins, and acids, rather long; Very Good Plus 35; Mixed Case, 31.5; Case, 29.75

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