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Wines from Judean Hills

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92
points

Yatir 2009 Syrah (Judean Hills)

  • Kosher
  1. $48

Tantalizing aromas of cherry, black olive and oregano usher in flavors of blueberry pie, smoked meat, orange peel and thyme. Alluring on the palate, it demonstrates strong teamwork between savory and fruit flavors. Tannins and acidity keep up through the lingering finish.

 — M.D.  (9/1/2014)
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

Tulip Winery 2010 Mostly Cabernet Franc (Judean Hills)

  • Kosher

A blend of 85% Cabernet Franc and 15% Merlot, this descriptively named wine has a nose of raspberry, bell pepper and leather. Flavors of black cherry, raspberry, eucalyptus, anisette and clove coalesce on the palate among chewy tannins. The refined finish is enlivened by a burst of crystalline acidity.

 — M.D.  (7/1/2014)
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

Domaine du Castel 2012 C Blanc du Castel Chardonnay (Judean Hills)

  • Kosher
  1. $45

Medium straw to the eye, this wine exhibits aromas of lemon, baking bread and toasted coconut. It is very full in the mouth, with an initial impression—which does not come to pass—that creaminess may outweigh brightness. Flavors of lemon curd, brioche and lemon-scented custard continue into the sustained and mouth-pleasing finish.

 — M.D.  (9/1/2014)
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