About Red Wines from Israel

About Red Wines from Israel
As a wine-producing country, Israel has reinvented itself, moving away from the sweet, grapey concord wines for religious celebrations to an industry that now is known for complex, well structured red and white table wines. Today in regions such as Galilee and the Judean Hills, beautifully crafted versions of several red wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah are being produced. Quality is very good to excellent, with prices ranging from inexpensive to the high $20 range for American retail shelves. While most wines in Israel are still kosher, there are some that are not; these are small lot production, often made by garage winemakers. The bottom line is that Israel has been accepted as a quality wine producer for several years and things will only get better in this regard.

Top Picks for Israel

Red Wines

Shiloh 2017 Privilege Wine Makers Red Blend Judean Hills
94 points
Best Buy
Brick red color. Complex aromas and flavors of chocolate bar, caramelized bacon, blackberry yogurt, and hint of tarragon and parsley with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, layered, long finish with notes of honeyed olive focaccia toast, lemon muffin, salted nuts, and pencil shavings with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich and stimulating red blend with great depth and evolving flavors.
Awards: '2018 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $20 and Under' Best Value Israeli Red Exceptional Value
94 points $19.99 Best Buy
Yarden 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of roasted nuts and berries, suede and wood, and baking chocolate with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a complex, long finish that presents notes of berry tart, banana creme brulee, and delicate spiced nuts with fine tannins and moderate oak flavor. An elegant and stylish cabernet that has a lot to offer now and even more with patience.
93 points $32.99
Galil Mountain 2016  Merlot
89 points
Dark ruby black color. Elegant aromas and flavors of pickled berries and fruits, baking chocolate, butter roasted nuts, and leather-bound wood chair with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-long finish with accents of cedar graphite pencil, baked plums and beets, slate, and pepper. A dry savory merlot with an Old World flair that will shine at the table.
89 points $17.99