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Israeli Rosé Wines of 2011

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Israeli Rosé Wines of 2011

by Daniel Kovnat » Mon Jun 11, 2012 10:30 am

With the warm weather in full force here in Israel, I have re-discovered Rosé wines. I remember way back when I first started drinking wine (circa 1965 :oops: ), that Rosé was looked down upon. I took a wine tasting course through the Cambridge (Boston) Adult Education Center (does it still exist?????). They said that Rosé was "neither fish, nor fowl." It wasn't red wine nor white wine. So that may explain why I shied away from this class of wine for so long. But after reading in the WineLovers Discussion Group about Castel's new Rosé where everyone extolled its virtues and it was given "Best of the Show" rating at the Royal Kosher Wine and Food Festival in Brooklyn, I had to taste it. WOW, it knocked my socks off :roll: I went Ga-Ga and joined the masses giving it high ratings in my israelwinetaster.com blog (http://wp.me/p1Dfhj-k7)

And then, last night, we opened and tasted the Rosé from Galil Mountain Winery. It came VERY close, in my opinion, to Castel's Rosé, although without the BIG nose and multi-flowered and multi-fruited flavors. The Castel is expensive (89 shekels) and this Rosé (almost) clone from GMW is downright cheap (40 shekels). When it comes to QPR, the GMW wins. I'll drink it as a weekday Rosé and reserve the Castel as a Shabat Rosé. See the article at http://wp.me/p1Dfhj-mr

Incidentally, I was not impressed by the Recanati Rosé. -- http://wp.me/p1Dfhj-ln

I only tasted the Flam Rosé on our way home towards Tel Aviv after leaving a tasting of the four Castel wines at the winery. Perhaps, my taste buds were a little "over the hill." :lol:

We have since acquired a Rosé from Lueria Winery and it will be tasted next.

Whatcha all think about these Israeli Rosé Wines of 2011 :?:
What's your favorite :?:
What is the best one, including QPR :?:

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Re: Israeli Rosé Wines of 2011

by Gabriel Geller » Mon Jun 11, 2012 12:13 pm

As of today, I've tasted only 3 Rosé from the 2011 vintage: The Castel, the Netofa and the Galil.

I loved the Castel and I agree with you Dan that it is one of the best if not even the best Rosé I've ever had. Their 2009 was also great but with a different personality as it was made of 100% Merlot as opposed to the Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Malbec blend of the 2011.

I've tasted the Galil Rosé 2011 at Israwinexpo but didn't take any notes. I recall it was pleasant and fruity though nothing too special IMHO.

The Netofa Rosé 2011 is second to the Castel for me. Very different than the 2010 vintage. I highly recommend it and I think it's the best value in the Rosé category.

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Re: Israeli Rosé Wines of 2011

by Yehoshua Werth » Mon Jun 11, 2012 12:18 pm

Value to me = Recanati.
Complex round and fun.

Had the Galil.. Good but not quite.
Odem is very interesting and need to re-taste.

Have not had the Dalton yet.

One french Rose from the Rhone region hmmm will look into my notes.. same people as the Chateunuff de Pap. Bokobsa selection.

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Re: Israeli Rosé Wines of 2011

by Shawn Johnson » Mon Jun 11, 2012 8:59 pm

Dalton Rose 2011 is pretty good
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Re: Israeli Rosé Wines of 2011

by David Raccah » Mon Jun 11, 2012 9:35 pm

Sorry, I disagree. I loved the Castel rose from 2011

http://kosherwinemusings.com/2012/02/23 ... e-big-top/

I was massively under impressed by the galil rose of 2011

http://kosherwinemusings.com/2012/04/30 ... in-israel/

Liked the netofa rose very much, but not as good as Castel

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Re: Israeli Rosé Wines of 2011

by Isaac Chavel » Mon Jun 11, 2012 9:56 pm

David,

Did you get the Netofa Rose in the States?
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Re: Israeli Rosé Wines of 2011

by David Raccah » Mon Jun 11, 2012 10:07 pm

No Israel

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Re: Israeli Rosé Wines of 2011

by Daniel Kovnat » Tue Jun 12, 2012 12:32 am

David Raccah wrote:Sorry, I disagree. I loved the Castel rose from 2011



:o Don't get me wrong -- I, too, love the Castel Rosé. It is a fantastic wine. That is what I said above and that is what I said in my blog. My only point is that when it comes to QPR and the reality of the absence of limitless funding, we start to compromise. If you are talking about QAAP (Quality At Any Price), I think that the Castel Rosé is at the TOP of the list. And that's why I reserved the Castel for Shabat and relegated the GMW (or some other Rosé that anyone else thinks is a better QPR) for the "sandy" weekday days. :)

Have a Rosé Day.

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Re: Israeli Rosé Wines of 2011

by Daniel Kovnat » Wed Jun 13, 2012 12:35 am

We tasted the Leuria Rosé last night and found it lacking. Not a great deal of aroma or flavor. Thin and flinty. Does anyone know where I can find the Netofa Rosé up here in the north? How can I get in touch with the vintner?

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