Argaman, Hebrew for “crimson,” is the only indigenous grape from Israel. The Argaman grape is a cross between two other grapes, Carignan and Souzão. This New World varietal was originally developed to improve the red color in Israeli wines. Many of the wines were not as red as the Israeli winemakers preferred, so they enlisted the help of Shlomo Cohen and Roi Spiegel. Shlomo worked at the Israeli Wine Institute and Roi worked at the Volcani Institute of Agricultural Research, when the two started collaborating to create this grape that created crimson-colored wine, hence the name Argaman. It took a while for them to create a successful harvest from this grape but they perfected their technique, and it is now really starting to make a name for itself. Argaman wines have won multiple awards over the last several years. The Argaman varietal generally produces wine that is medium-bodied with sweet fruit flavors and soft tannins.
We currently carry one single varietal Argaman wine – sold on Kosherwine.com.
Jezreel Valley Single Vineyard Argaman: This is a non-mevushal wine that comes in at 14.5% alcohol. The grapes come from a vineyard in Givat Milli. The grapes are handpicked and aged for 22 months in oak barrels. The wine is a deep red and has notes of red fruit, including cherries and raspberries. Full-bodied and oaky with mouth-filling tannins, this bottle pairs well with meat roast, juicy steak, and hamburgers. Drink this wine now through 2020.
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