Tasting Director/Senior Editor

Lauren Buzzeo

Reviews wines from South Africa and Languedoc-Rousillon. Reviews beers.

Wines from Judean Hills

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93
points

Jerusalem Wineries 2013 3400 Premium Shiraz (Judean Hills)

  • Kosher
  1. $17

Aromas of blueberry and clove, with a soft hint of cinnamon set the scene for flavors of blackberry, anise, black pepper, vanilla and white chocolate. A grid of smooth tannins makes way for a finish dotted by flavors of dark berry, spice, and cranberry sauce.

 — M.D.  (9/1/2015)
93
points

Shiloh Winery 2010 Legend Red (Judean Hills)

  • Kosher
  1. $40

Dark violet-red in color, this is a blend of 40% Petite Sirah, 35% Petit Verdot and 25% Shiraz. A bouquet of cherry, violet and mesquite lay the groundwork for a winning mélange of savory fruit flavors—think cherry, strawberry, smoke, flint, jasmine and orange peel. Smooth tannins lead the way to an orange-rind finish, with a hint of smoke and a slight umami…

 — M.D.  (4/1/2015)
92
points

Jerusalem Wineries 2013 3400 Premium Cabernet Sauvignon (Judean Hills)

  • Editors' Choice
  • Kosher
  1. $17

Deep ruby in color, this wine has a nose of black cherry and green bell pepper. The well-balanced flavor profile features notes of cherry, strawberry, smoked meat, Mediterranean herbs and eucalyptus. A network of generous tannins supports a persistent sensation of brightness on the side palate and smoky notes across the center of the tongue.

 — M.D.  (9/1/2015)
92
points

Tzuba 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Judean Hills)

  • Editors' Choice
  • Kosher
  1. $30

Deep brick-red in color, this wine leads with aromas of stewed black fruits, petrol and green pepper. Flavors of cherry preserves, smoked meat, vanilla and a pop of tart cherry make their way across the palate, encased in silky tannins. The finish is simultaneously cool and bright.

 — M.D.  (4/1/2015)
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)
92
points

Recanati 2013 Wild Reserve Carignan (Judean Hills)

  • Editors' Choice
  • Online Exclusive
  • Kosher
  1. $56

A bouquet of cherry, blueberry and vanilla prepares the tastebuds for flavors of blueberry, strawberry, fennel bulb and white chocolate. There is a nice play on the palate between bright acidity and chewy tannins, and the delightful finish is like a mouthful of blueberry pie with a sprinkling of pomegranate seeds.

 — M.D.  (9/1/2015)
92
points

Tishbi Estate 1999 Jonathan Tishbi Merlot (Judean Hills)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $46

Fragrant notes of cloves, wild herbs, plums and an earthy thread throughout. A full-bodied, rich wine with great extraction of inky blackberries, strong spices, tobacco and supportive oak character. Tasters were pleasantly surprised by this wine due to it’s unusual power.

 (11/15/2002)
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