March 20, 2017

New Wines for Passover 2017 Run the Gamut

The biggest news for kosher wines in 2017 is that there is really no trend and the cross section of new wines is perhaps the best testimony to the fact just how much the category has grown in recent years. Some of the new wines include Terrenal Seleccionado 2015 (a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Monastrell), Deccolio Prosecco, and Sara Bee Moscato. The Royal Wine Corporation, which has been in the forefront of winemaking and importing wines for more than six decades from some of the best winemaking regions all over the world, prides itself in selecting some of the best international wines. Its introductions for Passover include: Herzog Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Lake County, Herzog Special Edition Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford, Herzog Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain, Vitkin Israeli Journey Pink, Vitkin Israeli Journey White, Goose Bay Two, Hemispheres, Yatir Viognier, Covenant Blue C Rosé, Covenant Blue C Viognier, Château Soutard Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, Château Malartic-Lagravière Pessac-Léognan, Château Giscours Margaux, Château de Rayne-Vigneau Sauternes, Château Hauteville Saint-Estèphe, Jezreel Valley Levanim, Jezreel Valley Carignan. Allied Importers USA, the 2nd largest importer and distributor of kosher wines in the United States, imports from family owned wineries, where passionate winemakers, technological innovations and prime vineyard locations have resulted in wines of superior quality. Their introductions for Passover 2017 include Dalton Alma Crimson, Dalton Alma Scarlet, Dalton Cabernet Sauvignon M, Dalton Canaan Moscato, Dalton Grenache, Dalton Matatia 2013, Tenuta Monchiero Barolo, Jerusalem Vineyards Gertstein Chardonnay 2014 Special Edition, Jerusalem Vineyards Gertstein Marselan 2014 Special Edition, Cantina Giuliano Costa Toscana, Vermentino 2016, Cantina Giuliano Costa Toscana, La Gioia 2015, Gros Onyx, Gros Black Onyx and Gvaot Dances In White. Yarden imports quality Israeli wines from the Golan Heights Winery and Galil Mountain Winery. Premium brands imported to the United States include Yarden, the internationally recognized flagship brand, Golan and Galil Mountain. The company was established in 2001 as a fully owned subsidiary of Golan Heights Winery, Israel. The 2013 Yarden Bar'on Vineyard is made from a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Syrah and 11% Petit Verdot. These percentages reflect the proportions of these varieties in this vineyard, thus giving a unique perspective into the specific site. The 2013 Yarden Rom is made up of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah grapes. All fruit is grown in their best vineyards on the central and northern Golan Heights. After aging for 18 months in French oak barrels, the wine was bottled without filtration. The Abrabanel name has represented nobility for over a century. Don Isaac Abarbanel, known as the "Abarbanel" was the leader of the Separdic Jewry before the exile from Spain in 1492. Today the esteemed Abarbanel name continues to represent the very best. Abarbanel wines are emblazoned with the coat-of-arms awarded to Don Isaac in the 15th century and have been produced by his descendants for the past 25 years. Abarbanel introduces the following wines for 2017;  Lemminade Gewurztraminer and Lemminade  Riesling– crisp, fruity white wines. Abarbanel Chardonnay ’90 made its debut for Passover 1992 –as one of the very first quality kosher varietals and has been a leader in the unoaked Chard category ever since. Made in the White Burgundy style, their 25th Anniversary Vintage (’15) is now on the market. Crisp, clean with citrus, apples, pears and pineapple notes, this wine is a perennial favorite. Single Vineyard Designation – hand harvested, small batch production. Unfiltered is the word for Abarbanel Cabernet Sauvignon their 2015 vintage is out and is full of ripe black cherry fruit with a touch of tobacco and very moderate tannins so it’s ready to drink right now. Hand harvested and produced in small batches.