Cabernet Sauvignon is the most popular grape in the world, and it is literally grown everywhere. The grape is fairly easy to harvest and can sustain different weather environments that make it perfect for growing in all different temperatures. While the discerning wine palate has shifted its drinking towards more light, earthy, food-friendly wines, this varietal remains without a doubt the most produced and consumed all over the world.
The origins of the cabernet sauvignon grape stems from when French winemakers in the 17th century crossed cabernet franc vines with sauvignon blanc vines… and produced cabernet sauvignon. The grape has a distinct ability to retain its cabernet feel of full-bodied, high tannins, and acid, no matter the climate or terroir. Israel specifically has produced big bold cabernets more on the California style and also produced more earth-based cabernets in the style of France. The flavor of the grape will slightly change based upon the temperature of the region in which it grows. In the cooler regions of Israel the wine will taste of dark fruit like blackberries, black currants, and contain notes of mint and cedar. In the warmer regions of Israel the wine will show more fruit and jam. Israel continues to produce cabernet sauvignon on a high level and although perhaps there is a slow small shift towards other varietals, cabernet will always have a major place in the Israeli wine market.
There are many single varietal Cabernets currently available on kosherwine.com – let’s highlight just three of them.
Option #1: The Chosen Barrel Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
This wine is a non mevushal wine and comes in at 15.4%. This is a special wine for us at kosherwine.com as we chose the grapes ourselves for you to enjoy. This wine is full-bodied, fruit-forward, a touch jammy, and filled with tannins. Its color is Minnesota Vikings purple and has aromas of black fruit including blackberries and even some blueberries. This wine will pair well with a good New York Strip steak, a juicy hamburger, or even a good grilled hot dog. A “drink now” wine that will keep its delicious flavor until approximately 2020.
Option #2: Galil Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
This is a perfect example of a cooler climate cabernet from Israel, as the grapes for this wine are grown on the Galil Mountain from the higher elevations of the Upper Galilee. It’s made from 100% cabernet grapes, this is a non-mevushal wine that sits at 14.5% alcohol. The wine is very fruit forward with notes of plums and blackberries. It’s full-bodied, but does not have gripping tannins and is not as full at the finish. There is also a touch of herbs which is characteristic of cooler climate cabernet. This wine can be enjoyed with a good steak, lamb, or a good stew. Drink it now.
Option #3: Tabor Limited Edition Cabernet Sauvignon
This wine is the top of the line wine at the Tabor winery. It’s non-mevushal and comes in at 14.8% alcohol. This wine is made exclusively from a single vineyard grown at an altitude of 700 meters on Mount Malkia in the Upper Galilee, a carefully chosen plot among the winery’s vineyards. The grapes were hand-picked and spent 18 months in new French oak barrels. Once bottled, the wine aged for an additional year in the winery cellars giving it further depth and complexity. This well balanced full-bodied wine is a deep ruby red with cherry hues. It exhibits aromas and flavors of black forest fruits and cassis with hints of caramel, clove, and Mediterranean herbs. Robust and velvety tannins contribute to the structure and lead to a juicy enduring finish. Serve with roasted duck or lamb chops. Drink now through 2020, and possibly through 2022.
These wines are actually on sale now for the Jewish month of Tishrei, which is filled with fun holidays (and parties!). If you’re really not sure what to get, try a few bottles of cabernet sauvignon. It’s popular for a reason.
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