Press Coverage for IWPA and Israel Wines

The Ultimate Resource on Israeli Wines

WineEnthusiast Magazine

In time for the High Holy Days this September, the third edition of The Wine Route of Israel (Cordinata Publishing House, 2012), by EUezer Sacks, Yaron Goldfisher and Adam MonteRore, will be available in the U.S. It's the most comprehensive overview of Israel's wine industry to date, with over 250 full-color pages on nearly 100 producers, beautiful scenic images, winemaker bios and touring maps complete with winery listings. The new edition boasts forwards written by Montefiore, an Israeli-wine industry veteran and wine writer for the Jerusalem Post (he also works for Cannel Winery); Peter Stern, a winemaking consultant and a key player in the industry's quality improvement; and Dr. Peter Hallgarten, a U.K. based wine importer credited as one of the first to market Israeli wines outside of the kosher niche. There are also extensive articles on the history of the region and the production of kosher wine. It's a true must·have resource to discover one of the world's oldest wine producing regions and to learn how far it's truly come. -LAUREN BUZZED

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Binyamina 2009 Reserve Late Harvest Cluster Select Gewurztraminer (Galilee).
This is a stunning. well-balanced late-harvest selection that's sure to be a ,vekoille addition to any dessert t'Ourse. Notes of ginger and Sveet baking spice lift the baked-apple, peach and apricot-preserve fruit core. A kiss of honeyed sweetness and a soft co.milled orangepeel flavor lingers on the close. Ample acidity keeps the pnlute fresh and lifted. Kosher. Royal Wine Corporation. - L.B.
abv: 9% Price: $27/375 ml

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Carmel 2009 Appellation Cabernet Sauvignon (Galilee).
Violet, blackberry. cassis and blueberry arolnns immediately waft from the glass. Rich and ripe. the palate bousts more of the same concentrated fmil in a lush, creamy, cnished-veJvet-likc texture. Noles of charred espresso bean, vanilla pod and licorice root all unfold on the long Rnish. Balanced. delicious and affordable. Kosher. Royal Wine Corporation. - L.B.
abv: 14.5% Price: $20

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Carmel 2009 Appellation Cabernet Sauvignon- Shiraz (Galilee).
This versatile, foodfriendly blend is II great value thats perfect for entertaining. S(.'Cnts of brambly berry and black plum skin immedintcly IIlIfold on the nose, while dense notes of cassis and blackberry take center stage on the palate. Balanced and accesible. the crushed satin texture is framed with medium humlns and lush, neh fmit flavors that stay through the long cocoa-kissed finish. Kosher. Royal Wine Corporation. Editors' Choice. - L.B.
abv: 14% Price: $20

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Domaine du Castel 2010 C Blanc du Castel Chardonnay (Judean Hills).
Castel's Blanc is always a well-made selection, and the 2010 carries on that tradition, With 12 months spent in French oak, this is a rich and rounded Chardonnay that exhibits exc:ellent balance and structure, matching bright acidity and refreshing sweet citrus flavors with lush notes of wood. gril1ed apple, orange creamsicle, crushed yellow flower and peach pit nuttiness. Accents of woody spice and lime zest carry onto the long finish. Kosher. Royal Winc Corporation. - L.B.
abv: 14% Price: $50

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Bazelet HaGolan 2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Golan Heights).
Lush and decadent, this starts ofT with such an opulent bouquet of jaml11Y black fmit and sultry spice. Ilich and mouthfil ling, it boasts H creamy yet firm texture with supporing tannins and a seemillgly endless finish. Notes of tobacco, leather and intense wood·driven spice all mingle seamlessly with the dark fruit core. Drinkable now. but this could age well through 2017. Kosher. Royal Wine Corporation. - L.B.
abv: 15.5% Price; $60

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Domaine du Castel 2009 Grand Vin (Haut-Judee).
This classic Bordeaux-style blend-made with 70% Caberet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot-is a stunner now, and it shows the potential to age for another 5-10 years. Black cherry, cassis and wild blackberry notes dominate the nose and mouth, but supporting accents of forest and cigar box spite add depth ami interest to the fruit core, Thick and slightly chewy, the dense texture and firm structure promises longevity and additional development to come. Kosher. Royal Wine Corporation, -L.B.
abv: 14.5% Price; $75

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Carmel 2009 Appellation Cabernet Franc (Galilee)
, Cedar, tobacco and leather complement the notes of brambly berry, forest and a touch of cocoa spice. The medium tannins provide a gripping structure, firming the berry and plum flavors on the palate. Waves of cigar box spice and tanned hide undulate on the finish. Drinkable now, but it shows the stuffing to age gracefully as well. Kosher. Boyal Wine Corporation. Editors' Choice. -L.B.
abv; 14.5% Price: $20

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Carmel 2009 Appellation Cabernet Sauvignon (Galilee).
abv; 14.5% Price: $20

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Carmel 2009 Appellation Cabemet Sauvlgnon- Shiraz (Galilee).
abv: 14% Price: $20

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Psagot 2010 Edom (Judean Hills).
Dense layers of dark fruits-black plum, cassis and cherry-integrate with complex accents of black tea leaves, tanned hide and woody spice. Supporting tannins provide the palate a firm structure, framing the lush, concentrated black fruit driven flavor. Drinkable now, but it should age nicely though 2016. Kosher. Royal Wine Corporation. -L.B.
abv: 14.7% Price: $35

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Binyamina 2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Galilee).
Dark. earthy aromas of black plum and chocolate-coated cherry are in the foreground of this wine's bouquet, although additional notes of hoisin and balsamic unfold in the backdrop. Round and mouthfilling, this has rich notes of crushed vanilla pod and coffee grinds that accent the black fruit core for added dcpth of flavor. Mevushal. Kosher. Royal Wine Corporation. - L.B.
abv; 14% Price: $25

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Psagot 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (Judean Hills).
A bit close--give this wine some time in the open bottle or glass to belief express iteself. Black plum and berry fruit lead the nost' and palate, with more intensity appearing alongside the additional spicy notes oriicorice stick and coffee grounds. Kosher. Royal Wine Corporation. - L.B.
abv: 14.4% Price; $30

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Psagot 2010 Cabernet Franc (Judean Hills).
Soft accents of carnation and forest floor many with the red currant and bright white-strawberry aromas and flavors. Medium weight with fine, fleeting tannins. this has a clean, medium-length finish. Drink now. Kosher. Royal Wine Corporation, - L.B.
abv: 14.3% Price: $34

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Bazelet HaGolan 2010 Merlot (Golan Heights).
Although the alcohol is relatively high, it's balanced by the wine's rich and ripe fruit core and soft tannic structure. The nose needs time to fully open up, revealing intense black-plum and cherry aromas. Jammy and full on the palate, this has a hint of black pepper on the close. Kosher. Royal Wine Corporation. - L.B.
abv: 15.2% Price: $40

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Binyamina 2010 Reserve Carignan (Galilee).
Bright yet concentrated notes of plum, blueberry, cherry and soft bramble grace the nose and palate of this ripe wine. Straightforward, yet juicy and attractive, this is medium with with a vanilla-kissed finish. Mevushal. Kosher. Royal Wine Corporation. - L.B.
abv: 13% Price: $25

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Psagot 2010 Shiraz (Judean Hills).
This Shiraz spends 13 months in French and American oak, and it shows, thanks to decadent notes of chocolate- covered cherry, cocoa powder and tree bark. The palate exhibits a bit more fruitiness, with flavors of red plum and cherry flesh. A hint of white pepper stays through the medium-length close. Kosher. Royal Wine Corporation. - L.B.
abv: 14.8% Price: $32