Four Cups #2 & #3

Four Cups #1

Four Cups #2 & #3

Four Cups #4

 

 

Four Cups: No Wining.  Too often, Kosher for Passover wines receive a pretty bad rap.

Here at Acker Merrall & Condit we tasted hundreds of Kosher wines, some great—some not so great, in order to curate a collection of around 25 of our favorites. After an exhaustive series of tastings, we have selected a few gems—some Kosher, some not, but all displaying both chutzpah and finesse.

 

For our second review, we would like to present medium to full bodied wines at reasonable prices--$20 range.

2011 Chateau des Milles Anges, Cotes de Bordeaux Cadillac, France $22.99 ✡✡✡✡

The wine begins with an elegant nose of dried herbs and dark fruits. It is deeply structured with aromas of crushed rose petal and flavors of cassis, blackberry and dark cherries. A classic Bordeaux with soft tannins and begs for braised meat dishes.

2011 Galil Mountain Winery Ela, Upper Galilee, Israel $19.99 ✡✡✡

Kosher For Passover

Galil Mountain Ela is aged in French oak for one year and has notes of sour cherry and red raspberry. Because of its age, the wine is less fruit forward and more earthy in nature. It is elegant and soft and ready to drink.

2012 Féraud-Brunel Rasteau Cru Des Cotes Du Rhone, France $21.99 ✡✡✡✡✡

This is a collaboration between Laurence Feraud of Domaine du Pegau and Andre Brunel of Domaine les Cailloux—both famous in their own right. Their mission is to craft smaller quantities of wines from more prestigious areas. This wine is hand-selected from the Cotes du Rhone appellations and farmed organically. The nose has a lot of red berry fruits—raspberry, cherry and currant with a hint of anise. A long-lasting, fruit forward wine—it is certain to be a crowd pleaser.

 

For our third review, we would like to present a more premium line up ideal for celebrations and special occasions as well as point out two Israeli wines made the mark. We would also like to bring to your attention that Kosher and Kosher for Passover wines are usually slightly more expensive due to the production methods. These wines will definitely benefit from a quick decant.

 

2009 Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste 'Lacoste-Borie', Pauillac, France $47.99 ✡✡✡✡✡

Grown in Pauillac, home to some of the world's most famous and expensive wines, this is a well-regarded vintage. The wine is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc. This is an earthy wine with dark fruit aromas and flavors as well as soft tannins and a long finish. To date, this has been our personal favorite among the panel.

2010 Domaine Ventura Grand Vin Limited Edition Rubens, Israel $46.99 ✡✡✡

Kosher For Passover

This wine is quite aromatic with notes of green bell pepper, plum, and dark fruit—as one would expect from a Bordeaux blend comprised mostly of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. It is soft and lightly floral, but showing signs of secondary development such as wet leaves and forest floor.

2009 Odem Mountain Alfasi Limited Israel $74.99 ✡✡✡✡

Kosher For Passover

Surrounded by an oak forest, the winery was founded by the Alfasi family. The grapes are grown mountainside at over 3,500 ft. elevation and is Israel’s northernmost winery. The wine was aged in French oak barrels for 12 months adding richness and firm tannins. Full-bodied with flavors of blackberries, vanilla, and mint.

 

Cliff Korn has worn nearly every hat at Acker Merrall throughout the years, currently serving as Senior VP as well spending time in the California sunshine where he makes his own wine named “No Limit” http://nolimitwine.com

Matt Reiser received critical acclaim as the wine director of Boston’s UpStairs on the Square for more than a decade. Reiser is a certified sommelier and joined the Acker family in November.

If you can’t find these wines or wish to provide feedback you can call Cliff or Matt at 212-787-1700 or contact Cliff at Cliff@ackerwines.com.

 

Four Cups #1

Four Cups #2 & #3

Four Cups #4

 

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