About White Wines from Israel

About White 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

White Wines

Yarden 2016  Chardonnay
92 points
Light gold color. Creamy aromas and flavors of toasted marshmallow, toasty banana danish with caramel, egg nog with nutmeg, and vanilla extract with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, charming, medium-length finish imparting accents of apple and pear compote, cookie edges, and creme brulee with coating tannins and moderate oak flavor. A toasty, creamy Chardonnay that will delight fans of the style.
92 points $22.99
Yarden 2016 Katzrin Chardonnay
90 points
Golden yellow color. Aromas of grilled peaches, fresh croissant, butter poached pear, and toasted nuts with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, medium-length grilled pineapple and butterscotch pudding finish with heavy oak flavor. A Napa Style, oak-focused Chardonnay from Galilee with a pleasing dryness.
90 points $36.99
Gilgal 2016  Sauvignon Blanc
87 points
Pale straw color. Interesting aromas of exotic woods, basil wrapped cantaloupe, red grapefruit, and starfruit with a supple, dryish light body and a polished, breezy ripe pear and jicama finish. This is a layered and decidedly Mediterranean sauv blanc, with a generous palate and hints of savory herbs and a slightly salty note that makes you want to drink more.
87 points $19.99