Here we revisit yet another Kosher Israeli Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes for this wine come from the northern regions of Upper Galilee and the Golan. In this lovely part of the world the geography is hilly and rocky, and the soil is thin; these are all good signs for winemakers if not for ranchers. Barkan traces its history back to 1899 and now owns over 1200 acres (500 hectares, or to use the local measure 500,000 dunams) making them the second largest winemaker in the country. They process over 8,000 tons of grapes per year. The companion wine is also a rerun, a Sicilian red blend at about two thirds the price.
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Deinhard Green Label Riesling 2012 11% alcohol about $11.
Letís start with the marketing materials. Tasting Note : Pale straw colour; apple, melon and citrus with mineral notes on the nose; soft, off-dry wine with low alcohol and fruity flavours. Serving Suggestion : Serve chilled with veal picatta, Thai food or crab cakes. And now for my review.
At the first sips this drink was powerful and long offering fine acidity and good sweetness. The Matjes herring appetizer kept things basically the same except for flattening the wineís acidity. My first mealís main dish was homemade sautťed chicken breast nuggets. In response my glassís contents were very refreshing but its acidity was a bit harsh. This wine was long and offered great lemons. The side dish of cooked beets took away almost everything from the libation except for the acidity and a bit of lime. Fresh blackberries for dessert rendered my drink warm and sugary.
The second meal kicked off with Japanese rice crackers and Wasabi peas. The libation was delicious but was a slightly sodapopish combo of sweetness and acidity. The main dish, chili made with spicy salsa over quinoa, deepened the liquid somewhat. I did not get the feeling that I was drinking alcohol; this was dangerous, especially because the wine tasted so good. In the face of purchased babaganoush, eggplant drenched in mayonnaise, only some sweet acidity remained in the Riesling. Fresh raspberries rendered the drink wispy with a touch of sugar.
The third meal was an omelet spiced up with a combination of basil leaves, cilantro flakes, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, and chicken powder. Our German friend was sweet, tasting of honey and was quite long. Fresh avocado stepped up that acidity as the wine shortened. Chick peas added even more acidity to the libation. Pickled roasted yellow peppers made the drink long and pleasant but I did have the impression that there wasnít much in my glass. Upon encountering fresh blueberries Winey recovered a bit. It was very pleasant but weak. And the second dessert of chocolate truffles left my wine with only the acidity, and not very pleasant acidity.
Final verdict. I donít plan to buy this wine again. There are so many sweet German Rieslings out there, even more or less in this price range.Access the companion wine A Wine Lover's Weekly Review Of $10 Wines - Revisiting A Serbian Riesling
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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