Carmel Appellation Cabernet Sauvignon 2020, Galilee, Israel
Written by Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta   
Carmel Appellation Cabernet Sauvignon 2020
For the past 140 years, Carmel Winery in Israel has produced quality Kosher wines with layered nuances of flavors. After experiencing and enjoying their Carmel Signature Single Vineyards Volcano Merlot 2020, Evyatar Creek, Galilee, Israel we tried their Carmel Appellation Cabernet Sauvignon 2020, Galilee, Israel, which was also delicious and had aromatic notes of black fruit, black cherries, cassis, and blackberries, that followed through on the palate with balanced tannins and acidity. Imported by Royal Wine Corp., this wine will be a welcome addition to our wine cellar.

 

Carmel Appellation Cabernet Sauvignon 2020

Chief Winemaker Yiftah Perets continues the tradition of making high-quality Kosher wines for Carmel Winery that began in 1882. For their Appellation brand, they feature an endangered animal on the label, and their Carmel Appellation Cabernet Sauvignon 2020 features an Israeli gazelle that can be found in the Galilee. This wine is Kosher for Passover, Mevushal, and Vegan. 

Yifah Perets - Carmel Winemaker - photo by Luxury Expereince
Yaftah Perets - Chief Winemaker Carmel Winery

Carmel Appellation Cabernet Sauvignon 2020, Galilee, Israel, Galilee, Israel Information

 

Country:
Israel
Region:
Galilee
Varietal:
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol:
14% alcohol
Type:
Red Wine
Aging:
Extended fermentation with skins on, then 12 months in French oak
Acidity:
5 (g/L)
pH:
3.38
Residual Sugar:
Dry (g/L)
Produced & bottled by:
Carmel Winery, Alon Tavor Industrial Zone, Afula, Israel
Winemaker:
Yiftah Perets, Chief Winemaker
Kosher Info:
Kosher for Passover, Mevushal
Imported by:
Royal Wine Co., New York, NY, USA
Retail:
$25/bottle

Technical Bottle Notes: "For 140 years, we have been constantly learning about the soil, the climate, and wine production in the diverse growing regions in Israel. This expertise manifests itself in the Appellation series which represents the best of Israel's vineyards. The distinctive character of each wine derives from varieties grown in carefully selected vineyards in the Upper Galilee, Judean Hills, and Shomron. Each wine in this series displays an image of an indigenous animal, typical of the vineyard region." 

"This wine is produced from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes grown in Galilee. Following fermentation and maceration on its grape skins, the wine was aged for 12 months in oak barrels. This wine is represented by an image of the endangered Israeli gazelle which can be found in the Galilee." 

Tasting Notes: The color is a deep dark purple with an aromatic nose with notes of black fruit, black cherries, cassis, and blackberries, which follow through on the palate with balanced tannins and acidity. 

Pairing: This gorgeous Cabernet Sauvignon would pair well with hard cheeses, meat, as well as poultry. We paired the Carmel Appellation Cabernet Sauvignon 2020 with our recipe for Luxury Experience - Coq au Vin (Chicken in Wine), which was delicious. 

Luxury Experience - Carmel Appellation Cabernet Sauvignon 2020 pairing Cog au Vin- photo by Luxury Experience

Luxury Experience - Coq au Vin

Ingredients:
 
1
Tablespoon
EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
0.25
Cup
Shallots, minced
2
Cups
Mushrooms, quartered
2
Large
Chicken Breasts (1.6 pounds/634 grams)
 
 
Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper
8
Ounces
Carmel Appellation Cabernet Sauvignon 2020
4
Ounces
Chicken Broth
1
Tablespoon
Cornstarch
 
 
Cooked and Buttered Noodles
 
 
Fresh Flat Leaf Parsley, chopped

Method: Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper and set aside. Sweat the shallots until translucent in a large oven pan in a small amount of olive oil, then add the mushrooms, followed by the sliced chicken breasts. Gently brown the chicken until golden. Add the wine to the pan, and bake the chicken covered in a 400-degree Fahrenheit oven for 20 minutes. Uncover the pan and continue to cook the chicken for 5 more minutes. 

Remove chicken to a large bowl and loosely cover with foil. Add chicken broth mixed with 1-tablespoon of cornstarch to the pan juices and bring to a boil, stirring constantly to slightly reduce and thicken the sauce. Add chicken to the sauce and stir to combine. 

Presentation: Place the chicken and sauce over buttered noodles, and sprinkle with chopped parsley. 

Until next time, Cheers and Bon Appetit!

About Carmel Winery 

"Carmel Winery is the historic winery of Israel. It was founded in 1896 by Baron Edmond de Rothschild, owner of Château Lafite in Bordeaux. Carmel Signature - Carmel Winery's most premium wines. The grapes for these wines receive meticulous nurturing and are produced from Carmel's most outstanding, carefully selected vineyards. This results in high quality wines, with an emphasis on elegance and harmony between all the elements." 

Kosher Wine Terminology 

For those new to the terminology for Kosher Wines, Royal Wine Corp. notes: "A big misconception about kosher wine is that it's made differently from non-kosher wine, or it's been "blessed" by a Rabbi. In fact, kosher and non-kosher wines are made the same way, it's just the handling that is a little different. In order for wine to be kosher it must adhere to the following: A Sabbath-observing Jew to handle the process. Each and every ingredient added, whether infiltration or clarification along the vinification process must be kosher. All tools and equipment must be dedicated to kosher winemaking alone. Aside from the constraints mentioned above, there needn't be any difference between the techniques used to make a fine kosher wine or a fine non-kosher wine."

Royal Wine Corp. defines the term "mevushal" as: "...the most misunderstood term in the kosher wine tradition. In Hebrew, mevushal means literally boiled. However, mevushal wines are not heated to a boiling temperature. Thanks to modern-day technology, mevushal wines are flash pasteurized to a temperature that meets the requirements of an overseeing rabbi. The technique does not noticeably harm the wine. In fact, flash-pasteurization is used at a number of very well-known non-kosher wineries, where it is thought to improve certain aromatics. For Jews, however, the technique simply alters the spiritual quality of a kosher wine, making it less susceptible to ritual proscription. That means anyone-whether kosher or not-can open a bottle of mevushal wine and have it retain its kosher status. Non-mevushal wines are more sensitive to religious constraints and must be opened and poured only by Sabbath-observant Jews." 

Carmel Appellation Cabernet Sauvignon 2020, Galilee, Israel is imported by Royal Wine Corp, Bayonne, NJ, USA. 

For more information and to purchase Carmel Appellation Cabernet Sauvignon 2020, Alon Tavor Industrial Zone, Afula, Israel, please visit the website www.carmelwines.co.il 

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