Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Barkan Vineyards Classic Pinot Noir

Barkan Vineyards Classic Pinot Noir 2013
Negev, Israel
barkan-winery.co.il

Another episode in the Kosher Wine Chronicles! This time, Pinot Noir.

The grapes for the Barkan Classic Pinot come from the southern, dessert region if Negev, Israel. Grapes have been planted in Negev since ancient times. So what happens when ancient history and modern wine-making combine? Let's find out!

Review: This Pinot has a deep ruby color and a nose of stewed red plums, rose petals, and sweet green herbs. The palate is dry (but with a tiny hint of sweetness), with moderate acid and soft tannins. The plum notes from the nose are pumped up and joined by sweet oak notes of vanilla and clove. The finish is medium in length. 

Food Pairing:  Roasted eggplant and walnuts!

Bottom Line:  I find this wine a little flat -- the fruit too ripe, the acidity too low. That being said, it's pretty tasty. Not perfect, but I'm sure it would be a crowd pleaser.  

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Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2013
  • PLACE: Negev, Israel
  • GRAPES: Pinot Noir
  • BOOZE: 13%
  • CELLAR: Drink now through 2016
  • www.barkan-winery.co.il/

Where did I get it? Planet Wine
What's the damage? Mid Priced


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