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Kosher Countdown - The Fourth Cup

For the final wine before seder, we're visiting France by way of Israel.  The Domaine Netofa, Red, Galilee, 2012, is a classic Rhone blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. The head winemaker used to lead wine production for Royal Wine Europe and the influence is apparent in this bottle. There is a lot of peppery spice immediately on the nose, along with an earthy soil note.  The berries are deep and heavy, almost second fiddle to the spices. On the palate, the peppery notes again charge through, but the fruit qualities stand their ground. The tannins are noticeable and integrated while the acid feels a bit higher than expected for this wine. This is a great food wine (although, I think matzoh would be an inadvisable pairing). While this wine feels a bit young, it's still drinkable, although I bet it would fare even better at Passover 2016.

Domaine Netofa. Photo by Shana Sokol, Shana Speaks Wine. 

Domaine Netofa. Photo by Shana Sokol, Shana Speaks Wine. 

So what will I be drinking at Seder?  Stay tuned to find out. I'll also drop a couple more bottles for you next week to keep your Passover fresh and interesting.

 

 

Kosher Countdown - The 3rd Cup

Tonight's select is another Israeli winery. this time a historical one dating back to 1882. Carmel Winery was founded by Baron Edmond de Rothschild, who owned the famed Chateau Lafite in Bordeaux, so there's pedigree behind this winery. The company owns the two largest winemaking  facilities in Israel, both which blend the historical elements of the cellars with modern winemaking facilities.

The Carmel Winery SelecteD (that's an intentional capital D), Israel, 2013, is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon is from the Shomron region, which is Israel's largest wine-growing region. Although the air tends to be warm and humid, the region receives cooling winds from the Mediterranean Sea, allowing air to circulate and the grapes to amply cool down.  The wine itself showcases black cherry, raspberry, and cedar on the nose.  Surprisingly, it's not as full-bodied as expected and the cherry notes linger on the tongue along with some sweet baking spices.  The tannins are present but well-integrated.  I'd give this one a little time to open up before serving and I do think it has aging potential. I'd be interested to revisit it in a year or two. 

Carmel Winery SelecteD Cabernet Sauvignon. Photo by Shana Sokol, Shana Speaks Wine. 

Carmel Winery SelecteD Cabernet Sauvignon. Photo by Shana Sokol, Shana Speaks Wine. 

Kosher Countdown - The 2nd Cup

Tonight's selection is an Israeli wine for Shiloh vineyards. Established in 2005, this winery is located in the Judean desert.  A desert winery?  Sounds crazy, yes, but the winery is located 800 meters above sea level, where cooler air pervades.  And let's not forget that although deserts are hot during the day, nights are actually cold; therefore the grapes don't overripen and are able to maintain acidity.

The Shiloh Legend II, Israel, 2010, is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Carignan and 5% Sangiovese. With a deep garnet color, the wine looks powerful in the glass. On the nose, black fruits and beef jerky connect with smoke and tobacco, although a hint of spearmint soothes at the end of the sniff.  The fruits come across riper on the palate and again, a spiced beef jerky gives the wine a bit of heft.  Tannins prickle the mouth but don't overwhelm.  If brisket is on the menu, this is a great pairing.

 

Shiloh Legend II.  Photo by Shana Sokol, Shana Speaks Wine.

Shiloh Legend II.  Photo by Shana Sokol, Shana Speaks Wine.