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Golan Heights Winery Mount Hermon White 2016

Golan Heights Winery Mount Hermon White 2016

Breezy notes of orange blossom, white peach, and Opal apples. It's crisp and fresh on the palate, with a burst of lemon-tinged acidity that promises springtime as it gracefully unwinds to a leisurely finish. Lots of drinking pleasure in this modestly-priced white blend of Muscat Canelli, Sauvignon Blanc, and Viognier from Galilee. 13.5% ABV | Sample Golan Heights Winery 8.8 Points...

Galil Mountain Winery Cabernet Sauvignon

Galil Mountain Winery Upper Galilee Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

An excellent value from Galil Mountain Winery—on opening, the 2016 Upper Galilee Cabernet Sauvignon expresses layered, dulcet tones of cassis, black currants, blackberries, vanilla, sandalwood, and sweet tobacco. On the palate, it's more linear than the nose belies, furnished in fine tannins and enlivened by burst of acidity that wends its way through a black-fruited core. It’s a bright, agile Cabernet delivering ample pleasure for a modest price. 15.0% ABV | Sample Galil Mountain Winery 9.1 Points...

Golan Heights Winery Yarden Blanc de Blancs 2009

Golan Heights Winery Yarden Blanc de Blancs 2009

Another jewel from Golan Heights Winery—the 2009 Yarden Blanc de Blancs is made from 100% Chardonnay sourced from the Galil (Galilee) appellation, Israel's coolest viticultural area. Aged five years en tirage, the 2009 boasts an orchard fruit and citrus mélange of yellow skinned apples, poached pear, pineapple cake, clover honey, and a kiss of brioche. It’s vivid and fresh on the palate with lemon-tinged acidity adding lightness and lift to this delightful Israeli sparkler. 12.0 % ABV | Sample Golan Heights Winery 8.9 Points...

Yarden Odem Organic Vineyard Chardonnay 2014

Yarden Golan Heights Winery Odem Organic Vineyard Chardonnay 2014

Lemon Yellow in the glass and medium-bodied without perceptible heaviness. There's an air of restraint to this Israeli Chardonnay from Golan Heights Winery—yellow apple skin, white peach, poached pear, lemon tart, and a nuanced whiff of white flowers and toast. In the mouth, it's focused—a textbook Chardonnay profile, and really nicely done. Perched acidity hits the sides of the tongue, and glides above orchard fruit. A slinky saline encrusted vein of minerality emerges at the close. 14.0% ABV | Sample Golan Heights Winery 9.0 Points...

Galil Mountain Winery Yiron Upper Galilee Viognier 2014

Galil Mountain Winery Yiron Upper Galilee Viognier 2014

A lighter, leaner style of Viognier than I might have expected from Galil Mountain Winery. Truth, be told, this is my first Israeli Viognier, so I had no idea what to expect. Exceedingly pretty aromatics of pear skin, toasted almond, and a top note akin to my mother's favorite perfume, something like honeysuckle. On the palate, it's not as full-bodied as Viognier can be, especially not domestic examples. Rather, it presents a fresh face of lime zest and green apples interlace bright acidity that persist all the way through to a mouthwatering finish. I was surprised to note its 14.5% ABV is well concealed and better yet, it's very reasonably priced. Sample Galil Mountain Winery 9.0 Points...

Galil Mountain Winery Yiron Galilee Dry Red 2012

Galil Mountain Winery Yiron Galilee Dry Red 2012

My first wine from the Galilee appellation in Israel. It's a mountainous, stony terrain, but for all the stress I imagine vines go through in this formidable environment, Galil Mountain's 2012 Bordeaux-style blend is stunningly pure, with almost pillowy-plush aromas of black currants, blackberries, violets, spice box and anise. Aged 16 months in French oak, the tannins are ultra-fine and evenly distributed. Elegant and nuanced on the palate, the only detractor is an ever so slightly hot finish. It doesn’t quite hide its 15.5% ABV | Sample Galil Mountain Winery 9.0 Points...