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.