This is a blend of 40% Petite Sirah, 30% Grenache, 10% Shiraz, 10% Petite Verdot, and 10% Carignan. Kosher for Passover. Inky purple/blue in color, opaque and bright. The nose is nice with boysenberries, black cherries, blueberries, spice and slight smoke. Full bodied. Medium tannins. On the palate, this has some depth. Plenty of fruit; black cherries, black raspberries and some blueberries. Good finish. This drinks well on its own and will pair well with meat dishes. A nice wine for a Seder meal. Drink over the next five to ten years.
This is made in the style of a Ruby Port. Made from Touriga Nacional and Tempranillo grapes. Ruby in color, mostly clear and bright. The nose is nice with cherries, cherry candy, and slight raisins. Full bodied. On the palate, this is slightly sweet. Cherries and Craisins. Balance. Moderate finish. It was a nice way to end our Passover Seder. It needs plenty of air at this stage but then drank well. Nice on its own, this worked nicely with chocolate Macaroons.
This bottle was left from our Seder in 2021 so we added it to this year's. It is a Bordeaux blend of 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc, 16% Merlot, 13% Petit Verdot and 7% Syrah. While still drinking well, it is showing a bit of age and has dropped some of its fresh fruit notes (the prior note is on this site). Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has cassis, black cherries, tobacco, and dust. On the palate, this has nice cherry fruit with some cassis over dry roasted earth. Easy drinking. Food friendly. It is not a big wine, but worked great with our meal dur
This is Chenin Blanc and was served at our Passover seder meal. Kosher and non-mevushal. It sees ten months in barrel. Light golden in color, clear and bright. The nose is nice with lots of minerality but also slight citrus and some peach. Medium bodied. Slightly viscous. On the palate, this is a rounder wine that works better with a bit of food. In our case, it worked well with Matzoh Ball soup. Some citrus, slight spice and underlying minerality. Nice finish. Drinking nicely now, this should go another three to five years.
Another winner in the Recanti Reserve lineup. Served with our 2023 Seder meal. Light golden in color, clear and bright. The nose has some grapefruit, slight vanilla and peach. Full bodied. On the palate, yellow grapefruits, slight spice and vanilla. This vintage is starting to show a bit of age but still drinking just about at peak. This is nice on its own and worked well with Roasted vegetables with an avocado cilantro sauce. Drink over the next few years.
What a nice showing for this wine. We served it as the red wine for our Passover Seder 2023. Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose is correct with boysenberries, char, and a bit of swisher cherry cigars. Full bodied. Nice depth. Good acidity. On the palate, this is smooth. Boysenberries with underlying char. Long finish. Tasty. This is drinking well now and should continue for the next five to ten years. Nice on its own, this worked well with Charoset, Bitter herbs, etc. (and also Eggplant Parmesan).
This is a sparkling wine from northern Israel. It is Kosher for Passover. A blend of 50/50 Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Light golden in color with just a hint of pale ruby. A nice mousse of small bubbles. The nose is nice with lemons, minerals, slight strawberries and a slight almond note. Medium bodied. 11.5% abv. On the palate, this drinks easily. Lemons with some minerality. Good acidity. Nice finish. This is nice on its own and would work with most foods. It went well with "mock" liver at our Seder. Drink over the next few years.
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