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Wines from Judean Hills

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92
points

Yatir 2009 Forest Red (Judean Hills)

  • Cellar Selection
  • Kosher
  1. $85
Forest, Yatir’s top-of-the-line offering, is always a dense and powerful wine that can age. Right now, the wine smells young and a bit closed, hiding some of its beauty and nuance behind the upfront black plum, cassis and cherry fruit aromas. Hints of fruitcake spice, bramble, cigar box and leather occasionally flicker in the background, revealing what time has in…  — L.B.  (4/1/2013)
91
points

Recanati 2011 Reserve Wild Carignan (Judean Hills)

  • Editors' Choice
  • Kosher
  1. $56
With fruity acidity on entry that mellows to tannic bliss, this Carignan offers flavors of cherry, cranberry, pomegranate, thyme and fennel bulb. Good mouthfeel and a smooth finish are nicely supported by a strong but silky web of tannins.  — M.D.  (4/1/2014)
91
points

Barkan 2010 Eitan Assemblage Red (Judean Hills)

  • Cellar Selection
  • Kosher
  1. $35
This is a dark, dense blend of 52% Syrah, 30% Merlot and 18% Cabernet Sauvignon. Aromas of cassis, blackberry and plum lead on the bouquet, with background accents of tree bark and forest floor. The firm structure and gripping tannins are softened by ripe black-fruit flavors that carry through to the lingering finish. Balanced but young, this should develop greater…  — L.B.  (9/1/2013)
91
points

Domaine du Castel 2010 C Blanc du Castel Chardonnay (Judean Hills)

  • Kosher
  1. $50
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 excellent balance and structure, matching bright acidity and refreshing sweet citrus flavors with lush notes of wood-grilled apple, orange creamsicle, crushed yellow flower and peach pit…  — L.B.  (9/1/2012)
91
points

Psagot 2009 Edom Red (Judean Hills)

  • Kosher
  1. $35
A gorgeous Cab-based blend with 17% Cab Franc, 15% Petit Verdot and 7% Merlot, Edom is rich and seductive. Sultry notes of mulled boysenberry and blackberry are infused with cigar tobacco, cedar and roasted cocoa nib accents. A strong structure of firm tannins and moderate acidity carry through to the black-pepper-flecked finish.  — L.B.  (4/1/2012)
90
points

Recanati 2010 Reserve Wild Carignan (Judean Hills)

  • Kosher
  1. $56
With only 2,940 bottles produced, this is a limited-edition wine that’s worth the hunt. Vanilla and oaky spice aromas immediately waft from the glass, with the core of dark berries and fleshy plum fruit following shortly after. Heavy and bold on the palate, the firm structure complements the concentrated blackberry and cherry flavors. Nuances of cocoa powder and…  — L.B.  (4/1/2013)
90
points

Yatir 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Judean Hills)

  • Kosher
  1. $50
This Cabernet-based wine—with splashes of Malbec and Cabernet Franc—comes off assertively oaky at first, but as the earthy, black fruit aromas unfold, it works its way into a better balance. Medium weight with moderate tannins, the lush mouthfeel is complemented by flavors of ripe berry-pie filling but then countered by hints of green pepper and ash on the close…  — L.B.  (4/1/2013)
90
points

Domaine du Castel 2010 Grand Vin Red (Judean Hills)

  • Kosher
  1. $70
Castel’s Grand Vin is a consistent Bordeaux-style blend that shows good depth and concentration, as well as the promise to age gracefully. Forward oaky notes of vanilla, toast and sweet spice dominate the nose, but the black-fruit core keeps it grounded. Flavors of cassis and black plum flesh out the palate, and a peppery note lingers long on the finish.  — L.B.  (9/1/2013)
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