The Wine Advocate have published their 2012 scores of the Israeli wines tasted and scored as always by Mark Squires with quite a big surprise this year... wait for it... 2 GHW wines with 90 and more!
Surprisingly, despite the fact that the Golan Heights Winery is in some sort of consensus being considered as Israel's best winery with recent prestigious awards from all over the world, the WA and Squires have never shown much appreciation for those wines.
So this year Mr Squires scored 90 points the Yarden Merlot 2008 and the Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon El Rom Vineyard - 92 points.
Following is the list of all the Israeli wines that were scored 90 points or more (source: wines-israel.co.il):
Carmel Mediterranean 2009: 90 points
Clos de Gat Ayalon Valley 2004: 90
Domaine du Castel Grand Vin 2009: 90
Ella Valley Vineyards 32 N 35 E 2008: 90 (I assume this is the Personal Blend).
Ella Valley Vineyards Chardonnay 2010: 90
Flam Sauvignon Blanc Chardonnay 2011: 90
Golan Heights Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon EL Rom 2008: 92
Golan Heights Yarden Merlot 2008: 90
Shilo Merlot Secret Reserve Sod 2009: 90
Tzora Vineyards Misty Hills 2010: 90
Tzora Vineyards Neve Ilan 2011: 90
Tzora Vineyards Or 2011: 91
Yatir Cabernet Sauvignon 2009: 90
Yatir Petit Verdot 2009: 90
Yatir Forest 2009: 91
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