My job for our Easter meal was to make the potato gratin and pick out some wine. The gratin was a hit, as were the Pinot Noirs and Syrahs I chose to pair with my friend Lisa’s ham and the accompanying feast. But my favorite wine of the day was a bottle my friend James brought back from a recent trip to Israel.
I’ve liked some of the Israeli wines I’ve had over the years, but the Clos de Gat Judean Hills 2004 ($50 on release) is now among my favorite from that region. Perhaps it was the few extra years of bottle age, but the wild berry flavors were in perfect synch with the spicy, herbal notes. It had some tannins that were firm and still had some traction. I rated it 89 points, non-blind.
For those who might be chuckling at the pairing of an Israeli wine with ham, it’s worth pointing out that this Cabernet-based wine is not kosher.
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