Judean Hills, Israel


Secret Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

2015 Vintage. Mild appearance with a ruby tawny color. Moderate nose, medium body.
The wine is approachable now/ better after being open for one hour.
— 2 years ago

Cremisan Cellars

Star of Bethlehem Baladi 2015

Grape: Baladi, from West Bank, Palestine. Medium ruby color, tobacco and blueberry nose. The nose reminds me of a Rhône wine because of the gamy and fatty meat flavors. On the palate, it’s a good balance of fruit, tannin and acidity, but lacking length. The wine has the earthiness of a Bordeaux and game flavors of a Syrah. From @sommselect dot com: “From a 133-year-old winemaking monastery, made from Holy Land native grapes like Dabouki, Hamdani, Jandali, and Baladi. They are all planted in the Biblical Hills of Bethlehem and Hebron.” — 3 years ago

Sea Horse Winery

Antoine Tête de Cuvée 2006

Dark ruby in color with a brick rim and medium intensity.

On the nose, cherries, black currants, vanilla, licorice, cloves, spices, chocolates, peppercorn, coffee, earth, leather and wet leaves.

Medium bodied with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with raspberries, strawberries, cherries, earth, cloves, forest floor, spices and peppercorn.

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This 11 year old Israeli Syrah is over the hill now, but still enjoyable by itself or with food. Not balanced anymore, but showing nice complexity.

This Single Vineyard Syrah was good right out of the bottle and died down pretty quickly.

100% Syrah grapes Aged for 18 months in French oak barrels and bottled unfiltered.

14.8% alcohol by volume.
— 5 years ago

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Flam Winery

Classico Merlot Blend 2018

It's time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Here's a nice one from Israel.

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Nose of cherries, blueberries, wood, earth, vanilla, licorice, spices, espresso, pencil lead, vegetables, herbs and black pepper.

Full bodied and soft with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blueberries, cherries, wood, licorice, light vanilla, light vegetables, dark coffee, herbs, tobacco leaf, spices, graphite and black pepper.

Medium plus in finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice surprise. I've had this wine for the last 4 vintages, and this is the best one yet. Easy drinking with mild complexity and a nice mouthfeel. Feels like a blend of new and old world wine.

Good by itself or with food. Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up ( 30 minutes). After an hour of airtime, tannins show up.

Drinking very nicely already, even by itself.

A blend of 36% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Syrah, 12% Petit Verdot and 9% Cabernet Franc.

Grapes are grown in the Judean Hills at 2,000 feet elevation, and aged for 10 months in oak barrels. Kosher. Not Mevushal.

14% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

— 2 years ago

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Rhonely Boy

Rhonely Boy

I don’t come across much wine from Israel (very curious about Covenant Israeli wines) however, have always thought Rhone varietals would be better suited for Israel. What are your thoughts?


Upper Galilee Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Good for Passover . More body, honey taste than typical SB — 4 years ago


Shell Segal Dry Red Kosher Upper Galilee 2016

Complimentary wine provided by the hotel during check in and it was a welcome site and taste. It was really smooth, easy to drink prior to getting our room service dinner. — 5 years ago

Shvo Vineyards

Upper Galilee Sauvignon Blanc 2018

second bottle for me from hyped boutique shvo vineyard.
non kosher and sustainable, supposedly.

12.5% ABV

pale green 👀

pineapple and hinted flint👃

medium minus body.
medium minus acidity.

tropics and lemon with biterness on the side and some hinted funk 👄

light 🎯 with some juicy feeling.

can't say i was amazed but well done with firm balanced structure.

great vfm (75 nis).

had it all day long while vacationing in a hotel with the family.
as the time passed bitterness was felt more and funkness became dryness.

not my fave style sauvignon blanc but still very good.
hope to try the shvo chenin soon.
— 3 years ago

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Special Reserve 2015

Karka 2015 judean hills. Heavy bodied but flavorful not heavy tasting. — 4 years ago

Clos de Gat

Chanson Blanc Judean Hills Chardonnay Blend 2016

Crisp style Chardonnay blend. Refreshing and versatile but a bit short on the finish. — 5 years ago

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