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Kosher Wines for the High Holidays

11 recently rated kosher wines for the New Year and breaking the fast

Laurie Woolever
Posted: September 8, 2009

Rosh Hashana begins at sunset on Friday, September 18, and Yom Kippur starts at sundown on Sunday, September 27. For your holiday entertaining and breaking the fast, take a look at this list of great, recently rated kosher wines. And, WineSpectator.com members, for recipe and food and wine matching ideas, be sure to consult the Wine Spectator recipe archive and the newly updated wine and food pairing tool.

GOLAN HEIGHTS WINERY Gewürztraminer Galilee Yarden Heights Wine 2006 Score: 90 | $23 / 375ml
Sweet, with ripe apricot and peach flavors that are supported by firm acidity. Buttercream and spice fill the rich finish, which features lots of pineapple and baked apple notes. Kosher. Drink now through 2014. 400 cases made. —K.M.

BINYAMINA The Cave Galilee 2005 Score: 89 | $65
An elegant red, with crisp flavors of red plum, cherry and spiced apple. There's medium-grained tannins on the long, plush finish, which features plenty of spice and cream. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Kosher. Drink now. 300 cases imported. —K.M.

CARMEI ZVI-SEGAL BROS. Cabernet Sauvignon Galilee Heights Segal's Special Reserve 2004 Score: 88 | $20
This red features spice-accented red fruit flavors, including plenty of sandalwood and cardamom notes. Finishes with a touch of cream. Kosher. Drink now. 700 cases imported. —K.M.

DOMAINE DU CASTEL Chardonnay Haute-Judée C Blanc du Castel 2007 Score: 88 | $45
This has a seductive smoky essence to it, with ripe flavors of apple, pear, cream and basil. Thick, with rich, creamy notes on the powerful finish. Chardonnay. Kosher. Drink now through 2013. 400 cases imported. —K.M.

ZION Armon Galilee 2005 Score: 88 | $35
Plush and supple, with concentrated and refined flavors of raspberry, plum tart and dark cherry. The finish is suffused with sandalwood. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petite Sirah. Kosher. Drink now. 627 cases made. —K.M.

ZION Cabernet Sauvignon Galilee Tidhar 2006 Score: 87 | $15
Fresh and focused, with a seductive mineral and spice edge to the red plum, boysenberry and raspberry flavors. Mocha and chocolate notes linger on the juicy finish. Kosher. Drink now. 450 cases imported. —K.M.

GOLAN HEIGHTS WINERY Gewürztraminer Galilee Yarden 2008 Score: 86 | $12
This has a spicy aroma, with fruity flavors of peach, nectarine, apple and hints of golden raisin. A touch off-dry on the finish, with bright glazed citrus notes. Kosher. Drink now. 300 cases made. —K.M.

PSAGOT Merlot Judean Hills 2006 Score: 86 | $25
There's good balance to the red plum, berry and smoked cherry flavors, followed by plenty of herb and spice on the fresh, minerally finish. Kosher. Drink now. 500 cases imported. —K.M.

BINYAMINA Cabernet Sauvignon Galilee Reserve 2006 Score: 85 | $25
Supple and ripe, with plum and dried cherry flavors flanked by hints of rhubarb and savory herb. Shows minerally touches on the finish. Kosher. Drink now. 400 cases imported. —K.M.

GALIL MOUNTAIN Yiron Galilee 2006 Score: 85 | $24
Medium-bodied, with a wild savory note to the plum and berry flavors. Features dark chocolate and mint on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. Kosher. Drink now. 700 cases imported. —K.M.

PSAGOT Cabernet Sauvignon Judean Hills 2006 Score: 85 | $29
Focused, fresh and minerally-tasting, with lots of red plum and raspberry flavors that extend into the firm finish. Kosher. Drink now. 500 cases imported. —K.M.

Yacov Bar-haim
Even Yehuda, ISRAEL —  September 9, 2009 7:30am ET
Interesting list, no doubt. I would definitely encourage all who are interested in Kosher wines to sample the following list, which- in my view- makes a (lot of) difference:
1. Kastel Grand Vin- Bordeaux type.
2. Kastel Chardonnay "C"
3. Yatir "Yaar Yatir"- Cabernet
4. Yarden Syrah "Ortal"
5. Yarden "Katzrin" - Cabernet blend
6. Yarden Sauvignon Blanc
7. Carmel "Limited Edition"- Cabernet blend
Peter Carey
West Sand Lake, NY —  September 9, 2009 1:04pm ET
Yacov, vintages would by helpful along with the suggestions.
Marlene Rossman
Newport Beach California —  September 16, 2009 2:38pm ET
Does anyone have recommendations for Kosher organic or biodynamic from Italy, Spain, or other old world markets?
Marlene Rossman
Newport Beach California —  September 16, 2009 2:39pm ET
Does anyone have recommendations for Kosher organic or biodynamic from Italy, Spain, or other old world markets?
Yagil Barel
Tel-Aviv, Israel —  September 23, 2009 3:54pm ET
I'd add to the list 2 "value for money" wines
GALIL MOUNTAIN Yiron Galilee 2005
GALIL MOUNTAIN Meron Galilee 2006
David Forsted
Wynnewood, Pa, USA —  October 9, 2009 2:26pm ET
Good kosher wines are always difficult to obtain in Pennsylvania where the inventory is controlled by the state liquor control board. If distributors or vendors could post on web sites or ads where their fine wines could be purchased in neighboring states, it would be helpful.

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