Domaine du Castel is one of the best wineries in Israel. This is their value wine made in both red and white. Of course, this is the red and it truly is a very good value. This was originally purchased for Passover 2020, but due to Covid, opened in 2021. Deep ruby in color, mostly clear and bright. The nose has black cherries and some cassis with a bit of dust and earthiness. Medium bodied. This drinks easily with light tannins and fresh black cherry fruit. Good balance. This probably should be consumed in the next few years, but for around $20, this is a nice Cab. It graced our
This is a Bordeaux blend from Israel of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot and 4% Petite Verdot. It is one of the more expensive bottlings coming out of Israel. It is a very nice wine but whether it is worth the money is another question. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose is earthy with black cherries, some cassis, slight bell pepper and spice. Full bodied. On the palate, the black cherries come thru with a streak of bell pepper over and earthy/charred bed. It drinks like classic Bordeaux. Nice balance. Light tannins. Solid finish. This seems to be at peak and should be
This is a "Port" styled wine made in Israel from 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Shiraz. Made more in a tawny style but not quite. It is very interesting an certainly good. Deep brick red in color, clear and bright. The nose has toffee, slight cassis and a bit nutty. Full bodied and viscous. On the palate, this is sweet but not overt. Toffee, chocolate and raspberries. Slight warmth on the finish. This is Kosher. It is hard to say how long this will last. My guess is that it should be consumed over the next five years, but it might last much longer. It went very well with pecan r
This a red blend of 45% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 13% Petit Verdot grown at high elevation in the Edom Mountains. It is Kosher. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. A very nice Bordeaux-like nose. Cassis, black cherries, cherries, slight cigar box, gravel and slighter bell pepper. On the palate, this is medium bodied with lighter but present tannins. Moderate acidity. A nice depth and complexity. Notes of cassis and cherry fruit over gravel. Ripe but not overtly. Drinks easily right now. I don't think this will get better but should drink well for five to seven more years.
This wine and it's Red counterpart are some of the best values from Israel. This is a blend of 50% Sauvignon Blanc, 45% Chardonnay and 5% Gewurztraminer. It is basically the third level wine in their hierarchy. Light golden in color with a touch of green. The nose is nice with citrus, slight orange peel and slight floral notes. Very steely. On the palate this is light bodied. Very crisp and refreshing. It has some depth but it more about raciness than complexity. Very food friendly or on its own. A nice match for soft cheeses to start a casual evening outside. This probably shoul
Opened at a holiday party to join in the fun with a "Chanukah" wine as it is made in Israel. Israel is making some excellent wines these days and this is an outstanding Syrah. Deep purple in color with ruby swirls. The nose is very meaty with black raspberries, bacon fat, and black pepper. Medium bodied. On the palate, this is somewhere between a Rhone style Syrah and one from California. It is delicious but slightly restrained fruit. Black raspberries over roasted meat and earth. Good acidity. Long finish. This will work well with stews and roasts. It should drink well for the
This is a modern style of Chardonnay from the center of Israel. It is 90% Chardonnay with 10% Sauvignon Blanc added. This is a very nice white with energy and some verve to it. Light golden in color. The nose has lemons and minerals. Slight oak but no butter. On the palate, this is clean with nice minerality and slight lemon/citrus. Good length. It is drinking well now and probably should be drunk up in the next year. It will go well with lighter foods, salads and sea foods.
This is the second wine of Domaine Castel. It is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot. Purple in color. The nose has cassis, plums, chocolate and slight black olives. Nice texture. On the palate, sour black cherries, some black raspberries over char and earth. Medium tannins. This needs a couple of years to sort itself out and then should be good for a decade. A nice choice for roasted meats, fowl and veggies.
Impressive showing for this wine. Inky purple in color. The nose has cassis and slight olives. Great texture. On the palate, black raspberries, black cherries. Sweet tannins. Nice finish. This is young and could improve a bit with a few years in the cellar. It will drink well for at least a decade after that. It will go well with brisket, burgers or roasted meats and fowl.
This is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Inky purple in color. The nose has cassis, cherries, slight chocolate, char and spice. On the palate, this is soft, accessible and easy drinking. Layers of black cherries, cassis and char. Light tannins. Medium finish. This probably should be consumed over the next five years. It will go great with burgers, ribs or pasta.