We fell in
love with Carmel Signature Single
Vineyards Volcano Merlot 2020, from the Evyatar
Creek in Galilee, Israel since the first sip during Kosher Food
& Wine Experience 2023 in New York hosted by Royal
Wine Corp. Intrigued after speaking with the Chief Winemaker Yiftach Perets,
we later tried this wine at home where we could better appreciate this gorgeous
deep red wine with layered aromatics and dark fruit on the palate. Although
Kosher for Passover, this stunning wine would be a welcome addition to your
wine cellar and enjoyed at any time.
Signature Single Vineyards Volcano Merlot 2020, Evyatar Creek, Galilee, Israel Information
Evyatar Creek, Galilee
18-months in French oak barrels, then bottle aged
for another year
Produced & bottled by:
Carmel Winery, Alon Tavor Industrial Zone,
Yiftach Perets, Chief Winemaker
Kosher for Passover, Not Mevushal
Royal Wine Co., New York, NY, USA
Notes: "Single Vineyards
Merlot was harvested from the Evyatar Creek Vineyard located in the upper
Galilee on the slopes of the Dalton Volcano at an elevation of 800 meters
(2,700 ft), above sea level. The vineyard was planted in 2009and is
characterized by volcanic and well-drained, fertile soil. This provides the
wines with many nutrients and a high capability in the winter of retaining
water, which is released gradually during the growing season. The unique soil
properties of tuff, scoria and volcanic ash allow for entrenched and
deep-rooted vines, contributing to the wine's balanced acidity, delicate
structure and unique elegance."
Notes: Grown in volcanic soil, this wine has a
rich earthiness that delivers the best of the region on the palate. It is a
wine that deserves a place of honor in your wine cellar, and while stunning to
drink now, this wine will continue to get even better with a little more aging.
is a deep, dark ruby, with layered aromatics on the nose. Black raspberries,
black cherries, tobacco, a hint of cigar box, with black pepper notes and a
delectably slightly spicy finish on the palate. Balanced acidity and tannins.
This is a gorgeous, medium to full body, elegant yet powerful, wine at 15%
alcohol that has layered nuances of flavors.
Suggestion: Luxury Experience was "In The Kitchen
and Behind The Bar®" with our pairing menu of Luxury Experience Rack of Lamb
with Pea Puree, Roasted Beets and Carrots, and Roasted Tiny Potatoes. The
rack of lamb was well matched with the richly flavorful wine, which we also
used to deglaze the pan and create a sauce for the meat.
the Rack of Lamb: We simply
prepared the lamb by seasoning it with salt and pepper. Added a small amount of
olive oil to an ovenproof pan and heated the pan over high heat. We then seared
the rack of lamb on all sides for about 6 minutes per side. We removed the pan
from the stove, covered the rack bones with foil so they would not burn, and
finished the rack of lamb by cooking it in a 475-degree Fahrenheit (246-degree
Celsius) oven for about 15-minutes per side (or until desired doneness). We
removed the pan from the oven and removed the rack of lamb and set it on a
cutting board, and loosely covered the meat while we created the sauce.
the Sauce: Add 2-ounces of the wine to the pan
drippings and cook over high heat on the stove to reduce the liquid and create
the Pea Puree: Cook peas until tender but not mushy.
Season with salt, pepper, olive oil and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Blend
in a food processor (or stick blender) until smooth.
the Roasted Vegetables: Place the cut
beets and carrots in a plastic sealable bag, add garlic cloves, olive oil, and
salt and pepper. Place them in a baking dish. Do the same with the tiny
potatoes and place them in another baking dish. Roast all vegetables in a
475-degrees Fahrenheit oven until tender.
Presentation: Place a mound of pea puree on the plate, arrange lamb on top.
Arrange beets and carrots in a small mound, and another mound of the potatoes.
Put the sauce in a small pitcher to serve over the lamb.
time, Cheers and Bon Appetit!
Yiftah Perets -Winemaker Carmel Winery
Winery and Carmel Signature
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 of the elements."
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."
Signature Single Vineyards Volcano Merlot 2020 is imported by Royal Wine Corp, Bayonne,
information and to purchase Carmel Signature Single Vineyards Volcano Merlot
2020 please visit the website: https://signature.carmelwines.co.il/carmel-signature/ or call them at 1-800-270-700.
New Jersey 07002
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