An Israeli Red Bordeaux Blend

Can we get a fine Israeli red wine at this price? ...

Dalton Canaan Red Bordeaux Blend

Dalton Canaan Red Bordeaux Blend

I have done several reviews of offerings from the Dalton winery. In fact, if I remember correctly I did one last week. The winery is located in an industrial park in the Upper Galilee. Dalton owns several vineyards, all located within minutes of the winery so the grapes don’t have far to travel during the midday sun. Quick question – what about shipping them at night? Their web site is quite informative. Read below to find the grape varieties used in this blend. The companion wine is an Argentine Cabernet Sauvignon costing about two-thirds the price.

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Wine Reviewed
Dalton Canaan Red Kosher 2011 14 % alcohol about $15.

In the absence of marketing materials let’s start by quoting the side label. “Red Canaan, a blend of several varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petite Syrah, is a medium bodied red wine bursting with flavours of forest fruit, berries and hints of vanilla and cloves. Canaan is an easy drinking wine and can be enjoyed with most types of food. Recommended serving temperature 16-18ºC (61-64º F).” And now for my review.

At the first sips this wine was long and well balanced. When paired with slow-cooked round steak offered great length. I got black cherries but it was a bit too sweet. Chickpeas brought out round plums in the blend. The accompanying potatoes gave the libation round plums. When I doused a generous amount of Chinese hot sauce on the meat the drink thinned but was still semi-powerful. Fresh pineapple took away almost all the acidity in my glass, replaced by some metal.

The next meal began with Cuban style coated peanuts. In response our Israeli friend was mouth filling offering some plums and oak. The piece de resistance was a fairly tasteless boxed Stuffed Manicotti which included Ricotta and Mozzarella cheese in a tomato sauce that I augmented with lots of grated Parmesan cheese. This marriage proved to be relatively successful as Red became round, long, and somewhat metallic. Fresh blackberries weakened the wine, which did remain long. A Ferrero Rond Noir chocolate muted the drink except for its pleasant acidity.

My final meal centered on homemade sautéed chicken breast spiced with cumin, coriander, chilies, garlic powder, and probably more. This delicious dish rendered the Canaan multilayered. It was oaky with dark fruit. Quinoa muted the liquid somewhat. A mélange of sautéed red and orange peppers continued the muting process.

Final verdict. I had to pay almost $18 and frankly that was too much. But if you want a Kosher wine at $15 you certainly could do worse.

Access the companion wine A Wine Lover's Weekly Review Of $10 Wines - A Mendoza, Argentina Cabernet Sauvignon

About the Author

Levi Reiss has authored or co-authored ten books on computers and the Internet, but to be honest, he would rather just drink fine French or other wine, accompanied by the right foods. He teaches classes in computers at an Ontario French-language community college. His wine websites include
www.theworldwidewine.com    and    http://www.theitalianwineconnection.com

Visit his website devoted to Italian travel www.travelitalytravel.com

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