Of course I do! Israeli wine from the Golan heights has the absolute best of all words.
First, you have the Mediterranean climate that gives warm summers and cool (not freezing) winters and springs.
Then you have what the French call “know-how” – this is the “Bible Belt” of the Wine Industry.
This means wine has been made in this era for well over 2000 years.
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Kosher Wine From the Golan Heights
Israeli wine is typically Kosher wine.
The combination of wine from Israel, and the fact most of it is Kosher, renders Israeli wine an excellent choice to buy as a gift if you are a guest to party celebrating Purim, Hanukah, or another holiday.
Excellent Quality for the Price
I remember when Israeli wines first came to New York as part …
Ribera del Duero Tinto Figuero Winery 12 Months in oak
What is Ribera del Duero Red Wine from Spain?
Ribera del Duero Red Wine is a Tempranillo based Wine from the Ribera del Duero region in Northern Spain.
It is a delicious red wine that is often compared and contrasted against the Tempranillo based wines of the more commonly known Rioja region.
I have been to both regions, and tasted both wines against one another many times.
Key Differences Between Ribera del Duero and Rioja Red Wine From Spain
There are key differences between the two Spanish wine regions.
The first key difference is that the climate is completely different in these regions, though both are considered “continental climates” (cold winters, mild summers).
The climate has an enormous impact on the ripening of the grapes, as well as the acidity.
Another factor is altitude. Ribera del Duero is located …
“(from 70+ year old vines in Beugnons that yielded only 25 hl/ha in 2017) An overtly floral nose displays enough Chablis typicity to be persuasive on the pear, apple and soft citrus aromas. The round and supple medium-bodied flavors possess a caressing mouth feel, indeed the mid-palate is almost creamy, all wrapped in a markedly saline and dry finish that tightens up considerably. Even so this well-made effort should drink well early if desired. Drink 2022+.”- Allen Meadows, Burghound, Issue 72
“Vivid straw-green. Hints of diesel fuel, dried figs, peach and green apple. Then floral and fruity; a strong dusting of minerals and fresh citrus fruits add freshness. The finish is long and slightly honeyed. Drink 2019-2022.”- Ian D’Agata, Vinous
“Delightfully ripe, with a big ball of cassis, plum sauce and steeped raspberry fruit melded together, inlaid with anise and graphite notes and driving through a rich yet detailed finish. Rock-solid and should age nicely. Grenache. Best from 2018 through 2022. 400 cases made.” –JM, Wine Spectator
Wine Advocate Score: 91
“Made from the estate’s oldest vines, the full-bodied 2015 Cotes du Rhone Villages Seguret Family Reserve Grenache features super ripe black cherries that flood the palate with supple tannins and refreshing acidity. It might lack a little complexity at the moment, but you can enjoy it now for the bright fruit or give it a couple of years in bottle to allow for some development.”- Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate
“Brilliant yellow. Ripe orange, peach and pear nectar on the nose, backed by honey and fennel notes. Smooth and open-knit, showing real depth to the gently sweet orchard and pit fruit flavors. In a distinctly plush style for the vintage and reminiscent of a 2015 for its weight and rich fruit character. A subtle vanilla note appears on the chewy finish, which hangs on with good, sappy tenacity.”- Josh Reynolds, Vinous
Château Branaire-Ducru, St Julien 2010 – newly reviewed by Decanter
94 pts. – Decanter
“Wow, this is still knitted in, hunkered down, you feel the tannic frame, cradling the intense fruit that majors on spiced damsons and blackcurrants. What a vintage, and still really nowhere near being ready. I would suggest drinking the 2011 right now if you want a younger Branaire, this needs another five or six years. But there is liquorice, slate, cigar smoke, still pretty austere today, not generous, and yet full of life and edges. Drink 2021-2045.”- Jane Anson, Decanter 12/13/18
94 pts. – Wine Advocate
“This wine is more backward than I would have normally expected, but nevertheless, it is very impressive. The 2010 Branaire-Ducru displays an inky bluish purple color and loads of mulberry, raspberry, black currant, graphite and floral notes in its intense aromatics. Medium to full-bodied , with sensational ripeness, purity, texture …