Annual Pesach Kosher Wine Buying Guide (Holiday Prep)

#288 – March 12, 2015

Public Service Announcement: You can skip the verbiage and scroll straight down to the bottom of this newsletter for the actual list (which this year includes all my recommendations in this week’s edition, instead of being split over two weeks), but the material below contains a number of tips that will enhance your buying process and is worth wading through.

The weeks leading up to Pesach are the US kosher wine industry’s busiest, with more kosher wine purchased during this period than the rest of the year combined. Wine buying in Israel is more evenly distributed over the course of the year with Rosh Hashana nearly as busy a buying season as Pesach. As the enjoyment of wine continues to penetrate the kosher community, the quality and variety of wines available to the kosher wine consumer continues to grow with nearly 3,000 labels being produced annually. While this is a very large number, it does include 75 disparate varieties of Manischewitz, Cream Malaga, “Blue Bottled Abomination(s)”, Kesser and Yayin Patishim – all beverages that are recognized as wine on these pages only once a year (in my Purim newsletter). Nonetheless, even excluding the deluge of alcoholic nonsense marketed as wine, there are still too many labels for me to taste every year (although I still manage to sample around 1,500 every year).

While the smorgasbord of choices is magnificent, it can create a stressful shopping experience, especially around this time when trying to whittle down the hundreds (if not thousands) of choices up for grabs. Trying to separate the wheat from among the proverbial chaff makes it hard to decide which of these wines are truly worth your hard-earned dollars. Worse, there are a number of exacerbating issues, making choices even more difficult. The poor vintage issue we have discussed in the past, the abundance of mediocre-at-best wines, the substantial amount of drek and the unfortunate tendency of many retailers to exclude vintages from their offering circulars (or worse, misstate vintages) all make it an even more harrowing experience than it needs to be. Additionally, many stores and online purveyors continue to sell wines that are so old and tired (i.e. past their optimum drinking windows) that it’s practically criminal. As a reminder (and there are exceptions), white wines shouldn’t be sold more than two years past their vintage and red wines three years (unless we are talking about the better and more expensive wines). As with every industry, caveat emptor!
In order to assist with this arduous task, I am happy to present my Annual Pesach Kosher Wine Buying Guide. The Guide covers my recommendations for wines across four price ranges: (1) Under $18, (2) between $18-29.99, (3) between $30-50 and (4) Moshiach Wines. Moshiach Wines are those wines that I would proudly serve the Moshiach, were he ever to grace my table.

From year to year there are many wines/wineries that are perennial repeaters on this list. This is not surprising and merely reflects the consistent excellence of the better wineries and the talent of the applicable winemaker. As years go by and the quality and quantity of top-notch kosher wine grows, the number of potential wines for this list gets longer, and the difficulty in culling wines harder (listing every wine that is worthy of being acquired would result in a very long list, defeating its entire purpose). That said, with 170 wines on this list (whittling it down from over 250 worthy contenders was extremely difficult), next week’s edition will include a list of some of my favorite things – five wines from each category that are among my personal favorites (for my own palate). As we have discussed previously, the quality of white and Rosé wines has massively increased over the last few years and, coupled with the relatively lower price-point for white wines, there are more white wines on the list than in prior years. If you are one of those unfortunate and self-proclaimed “I don’t drink white wine” people, please take this as an opportunity to try something new – I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Being a lawyer by profession, there are a few “explanations” needed, as follows:
1. The attached is not a comprehensive list of every wine I believe worthy of your consideration, but merely a selection of the better wines available in the different price ranges, each of which I recommend and believe are worthy of your Pesach table. I provide weekly recommendations and only write about wines I like, so if I have previously suggested a wine that isn’t listed here – go for it.

2. In general, I believe nearly every wine made by Flam, Gvaot, Recanati, Tzora and Yatir is worth buying (with Dalton very close behind) making them Safe Bet Wineries, even if they aren’t listed below. Additionally, many of last year’s wines are still available on the shelves, are still job and may simply not have been relisted this year. Check out last year’s list for additional suggestions and/or vintages.

3. Some of these wines may only be available either in Israel and are marked [Israel] for Israel and [US] for the United States (to the best of my knowledge). While recent developments have seen many of the “US”-marked now being imported into Israel by Zur, they are tough to find and priced completely out-of-whack with the prince ranges below so they remain listed as US only (although if you live in Israel and try hard enough, most of the wines within Royal’s portfolio can be found there).

4. Due to the disparate geographical disbursement of my reader base, the listed vintages may be different depending on which part of the world your shopping cart is located in (although vintages tend to also shift from local retailer to retailer and distributor to distributor, depending on how much of the prior vintage they have left in stock). For many of the wines different vintages are available in and out of Israel. Where more than one vintage is available and good, I have listed both.

5. While I always recommend asking me before purchasing a wine from a different vintage than I recommended, given the fluctuation in the quality of recent vintages and potential shipping/storage issues, it is especially important when utilizing this list to purchase different vintages than those specifically listed.

6. Prices can fluctuate wildly, not only among countries and States but even throughout the five boroughs of New York and as a result, the listed wines might not fall exactly within the listed price points (online price-checking is always a good idea).

7. Interestingly enough, the “worst” category to be in for purposes of this list is good wines over $50 that aren’t Moshiach-level wines as there is simply no slot for them. While pricing is usually not a criterion for my recommendations, for this list, it plays a heavy part and many good wines are excluded simply by being over $50 (like the excellent 2012 Herzog Chalk Hill [US], Hajdu’s 2012 Proprietary Red Blend [US], Montefiore’s 2012 Kerem Moshe, the new Brilliance Cabernet Sauvignon from the famed Padis Vineyards [US], the incredible Château Giscours, Margaux, 2012 [US] and Tulip’s 2012 Black Tulip. Next year, I will likely add a 5th “tier” for such wines. For this year, check my prior recommendation or reach out to me directly for any wines you are thinking about in that range that aren’t listed.

Despite being among any oenophile’s favorite custom, the tradition to consume four full cups of wine at the Seder brings with it a host of dilemmas, some of which require some careful thought and planning. The main problem is that four cups of wine is a lot of wine to be consuming at one sitting (even for a five hour traditional Seder), especially given the fact that the first two cups are typically imbibed on an empty stomach. Another issue is that, for many, tradition mandates using silver goblets (similarly to the Kiddush dilemma). However, while the potentially negative impact from the silver is easily remedied by immediately pouring the wine into a proper wine glass following Kiddush during a typical Shabbat or holiday, during the Seder however, the wine has far more contact with the silver as we go through the lengthy Hagadah. Other issues arise from the common practice of only drinking red wine at the Seder and avoiding mevushal wines.

With the Seder representing one of the most important meals on the Jewish calendar, people try to have the nicest (and usually the expensive wines possible), typically full-bodied Bordeaux-blends or robust Cabernet Sauvignon wines. While these comprise some of the best available wines, in order for them to reach their full potential and be truly appreciated, many of them require some time to open up and are certainly not going to be properly appreciated while being gulped down within the requisite time-period necessary for the mitzvah. However, the empty stomach with which most people approach the first two cups, the requirement to consume nearly an entire cup of wine rather rapidly and the need to keep a roomful of over-stimulated children from re-enslaving us all combine to significantly impair one’s ability to fully enjoy these typically magnificent wines.

As a result, I suggest saving the bigger and more expensive wines for leisurely drinking during the actual meal (and the numerous subsequent holiday meals) and finding other good wines to use for the four cups. Being somewhat of a traditionalist, I stick with red wines for all four cups and choose my wines based on a few simple principles. It is Pesach and we are celebrating our freedom from slavery and becoming a nation, so top quality wine is still a pre-requisite. With over nearly 40 folks at our family Seder representing a substantially diverse palate range, I also look for relatively affordable wines that are medium bodied and don’t require a lot of patience of oenophilic sophistication. Some of my “go-to” Seder wines over the years have included Israeli Petite Sirah from Dalton and Recanati, the Spanish Capcanes Peraj Petita (now also available in a very decent mevushal version), the French Vignobles David Reserve Cote de Rhone, Ella Valley’s Cabernet Franc and Galil Mountain’s Yiron. To the extent you are looking for well-priced and versatile white (or Rosé), the Rosé wines from Netofa and Dalton are nice options, as is Yarden’s recent Sauvignon Blanc, Lueria’s Gewürztraminer, Carmel’s Kayoumi Riesling and Dalton’s newly released Pinot (Grigio) Gris are all good and affordable bets.
During this busy buying season retailers bring out the big sales, and almost every wine is on sale. Given the increasing competition and online availability of most top-notch kosher wines, most merchants will match any published price, so always ask your favorite retailer to match the prices you have seen elsewhere and, if you aren’t happy with the price – ask for a discount.

With that, I present to you my:
2015 Annual Pesach Kosher Wine Buying Guide

Under $17.99
With increasing technical capabilities and winemaking skills, this price range list includes many good, enjoyable wines. However the wines in this price range are usually not complex or cellar worthy (with very few exceptions). As oak barrels are a significant component of a wine’s cost (both actual cost and the time-value of the aging time), this list has plenty of white wines that typically spend little or no time in oak, resulting in lower prices. Another good tip is that, due to their [unfortunately] lower popularity, less commonly known varietals like Petite Sirah, Carignan, Petit Verdot, Roussanne and Gewürztraminer usually provide better bang for your buck and they are good places to look for bargains. Most of the wines on these lists qualify as YH Best Buys (wines I consider a particularly good way to spend your hard-earned cash).

1. Baron Herzog, Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, 2012 (the 2013 Zinfandel too) [US]
2. Bartenura, Ovadia Estates, Rosso di Montepulciano, 2012 (US)
3. Binyamina, Reserve, Chardonnay, Unoaked, 2013
4. Borgo Reale, Montepulciano di Abruzzo, 2012 [US]
5. Capcanes, Peraj Petita, 2012/2013 [US]
6. Carmel, Vineyards, Chardonnay, 2013 [Israel]
7. Carmel, Vineyards, Old Vine Petite Sirah, 2010 (the Cabernet Franc is also good)
8. City Winery, Bubbie, 2012 [US]
9. Dalton, D, Chardonnay, 2014 (I liked the 2013 Pinot Gris as well)
10. Dalton, D, Fumé Blanc, 2013 (the 2014 Rosé is a great option too)
11. Dalton, D, Petite Sirah, 2012
12. Domaine Herzberg, Village, 2011
13. Domaine Netofa, Basse Galilee, White, 2013/2014
14. Domaine Netofa, Basse Galilee, Rosé, 2014
15. Elvi, Cava, Brut, n.v. [US]
16. Galil Mountain, Viognier, 2013
17. Golan Heights Winery, Gilgal (Gamla in Israel), Brut, n.v.
18. Golan Heights Winery, Gilgal, (Gamla in Israel), Syrah, 2012
19. Golan Heights Winery, Golan, Moscato, 2013
20. Golan Heights Winery, Yarden, Sauvignon Blanc, 2014
21. Hagafen, Don Ernesto, Beret Rosé, 2014 [US]
22. Hagafen, Sauvignon Blanc, 2013/2014 [US]
23. Goose Bay, Fumé Blanc, 2013 [US]
24. Gush Etzion, Spring River, White, 2013
25. Kishor, Kerem Kishor, White, 2014 [Israel]
26. Lueria, Riesling, 2014
27. Montefiore, White, 2014
28. Porto Quevedo, Ruby Port, n.v. [US]
29. Recanati, Yasmin, White Blend, 2013
30. Tabor, Adama, Merlot, 2011
31. Tabor, Adama, Rosé, 2014 (the Roussanne too – RUN to buy both) [Israel]
32. Tabor, Adama, Sauvignon Blanc, 2013/2014
33. Teperberg, Terra, Gewürztraminer, 2013 (the 2014 Sauvignon Blanc as well)
34. Teperberg, Terra, Malbec, 2012
35. Tulip, White Tulip, 2013
36. Vignobles David, Le Mourre de L’Isle, Cotes du Rhone, 2012
37. Weinstock, Cellar Select, Cabernet Franc, 2012
38. Weinstock, Cellar Select, Petite Sirah, 2012

This price range is the sweet spot for me (there were more than 130 wines in this range before I started “cutting”). As the price of kosher wine continues to rise to ridiculous levels, there are a number of wineries that maintain tremendous quality without pushing prices out of the reach of most people. While the majority of great kosher wines remain in the price ranges of $30 and beyond, there are plenty of great ones here. In general, I find Dalton, Carmel, Herzog Special Reserve and the Golan Heights Winery to be consistent players in this field of $30 and under (notwithstanding the fact that they all also have more expensive (and terrific) wines as well).

1. Adir, Kerem Ben Zimra, Sauvignon Blanc, 2013
2. Agur, Rosé, 2013
3. Alexander, Liza, Sauvignon Blanc, 2014
4. Avidan, Fringe, Nebbiolo, 2013 [Israel]
5. Bat Shlomo, Sauvignon Blanc, 2014) (the 2013 Chardonnay is also delightful)
6. Beit El, Cliff View, Carignan, 2013
7. Binyamina, Reserve, Late Harvest Gewürztraminer, 2012
8. Bokobsa Selection, Sancerre, 2012 [US]
9. Carmel, Single Vineyard, Late Harvest Gewürztraminer, Sha’al, 2010
10. Carmel, Single Vineyard, Riesling, Kayoumi, 2013 (the Chardonnay is also great)
11. Château Fourcas Dupre, 2010 [US]
12. Château Royaumont, 2011 / 2013 (US)
13. Covenant, Lavan, Chardonnay, 2013 (the Red C Sauvignon Blanc is also always good)
14. Covenant, Rosé, 2014
15. Dalton, Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012 (the 2013 Zinfandel was also very worthy)
16. Dalton, Single Vineyard, Semillon, El-Kosh, 2013
17. Domaine Lafond, Tavel, Rosé, 2012
18. Domaine Netofa, Tinto, 2012 (the Latour white [Israel] is well worth it as well)
19. Ella Valley Vineyards, Merlot, 2011
20. Ella Valley Vineyards, Sauvignon Blanc, 2013
21. Elvi, Adar, Red, 2008
22. Elvi, Herenza, Rioja, Crianza, 2009 (the Rioja Reserva is amazing but expensive)
23. Flam, Rosé, 2013/2014 (the Flam Blanc will change your mind about white wines forever)
24. Four Gates, Chardonnay, 2011 [US]
25. Galil Mountain, Yiron, 2011
26. Golan Heights Winery, Yarden, 2T, 2011
27. Golan Heights Winery, Yarden, Blanc de Blanc, 2007/2008 (the Brut Rosé 2008/2009 is a MUST)
28. Golan Heights Winery, Yarden, Single Vineyard, Chardonnay, Odem, 2011 (aged Katzrin Chard too)
29. Goose Bay, Blanc de Pinot Noir (Rosé), 2014
30. Gvaot, Gvaot, Merlot, 2012 (their 2014 Rosé will blow your mind)
31. Herzog, Special Edition, Petite Sirah, Prince Vineyard, 2012 [US]
32. Hagafen, Late Harvest, Sauvignon Blanc, 2008/2009 (I also liked the 2013/2014 Roussanne) [US]
33. Hagafen, Riesling, Lake County, 2013 (US) (the Dry Riesling is well-worth buying in bulk)
34. Hajdu, Makom, Grenache Blanc, 2013/2014
35. Hajdu, Rosé, 2014 [US]
36. Herzog, Special Reserve, Russian River, Chardonnay, 2012 [US]
37. Herzog, Special Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley, 2012 [US]
38. Jezreel Valley, Chardonnay, 2013 (the 2012 Rosé is also quite nice) (Israel)
39. Jezreel Valley, White Blend, 2013 (the 2012 Red Blend too)
40. Lewis Pasco, Pasco Project #2, 2013 (the Pasco Project #1, 2012 as well)
41. Lueria, Chardonnay, 2013 (the Gewürztraminer is a house-favorite)
42. Lueria, Rosso, 2013
43. Matar, Chenin Blanc, 2013 (the 2013 Chardonnay has dramatically improved since my review)
44. Or Haganuz, French Blend, 2012 (Or Haganuz also makes a sulfite-free wine – Elima)
45. Porto Cordovero, Ruby Port, n.v.
46. Psagot, Edom, 2012
47. Ramot Naftaly, Petit Verdot, 2012 (I also recommend the Malbec and Barbera [Israel])
48. Recanati, Mediterranean Reserve, Petite Sirah, 2012/2013 (their entire “Reserve” series too)
49. Recanati, Gris de Marselan (Rosé), 2014 [Israel] – I’d fly to Israel to stock up on this
50. Shiloh, Shor, Barbera, 2012
51. Shirah, Rosé, 2014 (their 2014 Vintage Whites is different, intriguing and good) [US]
52. Teperberg, Reserve, Merlot, 2011 (the 2011 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon also delights)
53. Trio, Spirit of Alona, 2012 (the 2014 Secret Rosé too) [Israel]
54. Tulip, Mostly, Cabernet Franc, 2011
55. Tura, Mountain Heights, Merlot, 2011
56. Twin Suns, Malbec, 2012
57. Tzora, Judean Hills, White (and Red), 2013
58. Tzora, Shoresh, White, 2013 [Israel]
59. Vignobles David, Le Mourre de L’Isle, Reserve, Cotes du Rhone, 2012
60. Yatir, Viognier, 2013 (Israel)

While the $18-29.99 range is the real sweet spot, this range is also stocked with high-class wines. Unfortunately, most of these really should be priced in the lower range but have crept up in price for no justifiable reason. It’s nearly impossible to find a YH Best Buy on this list, even though they are all great wines. As with most higher end wines, especially those with a year or more of barrel aging, they need some time to open up. A decanter can be a very useful tool when opening the more recent versions of the better wines, allowing you to derive substantially more pleasure form your liquid treasures that you might if you simply opened the bottle and poured.

One item of note is due to the continued increase in the price of kosher wine (exacerbated for Israeli wines by the continued weakening of the Shekel against the dollar), many wines that were previously in the $30-50 range have exceeded the $50 price tag but aren’t necessarily special enough to get bumped to the Moshiach list (wines are sometimes left off the list entirely as being too expensive and unworthy to be called a Moshiach wine).

1. Adir, a, 2012
2. Adir, Kerem Ben Zimra, Shiraz, 2013 (the 2011 Plato as well, but it’s more expensive)
3. Agua Dulce, Zinfandel, 2010
4. Bat Shlomo, Betty’s Cuvee, 2012
5. Carmel, Mediterranean, 2009
6. Carmel, Single Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Kayoumi, 2011
7. Château Haut Condissas, 2011 [US]
8. Château Les Roches de Yon Figeac, 2012 [US]
9. Château Moulin Riche, 2011 [US]
10. Dalton, Single Vineyard, Shiraz, El-Kosh, 2011
11. Domaine du Castel, “C”, Chardonnay, 2013 (the 2012/2013 Petite Castel is also worthy)
12. Domaine du Castel, Rosé, 2014
13. Domaine Netofa, Latour Netofa, Red, 2012
14. Domaine Netofa, Ruby Port, 2012 [Israel]
15. Drappier, Carte D’Or, Brut, n.v. (the Carte Blanche as well) [US]
16. Falesco, Marciliano, Umbria, 2006 [US]
17. Flam, Reserve, Merlot, 2011 (the Reserve Syrah as well)
18. Four Gates, Merlot, 2011 (the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon as well)
19. Gat Shomron, 24K, “Ice Wine-Style” Viognier, 2011
20. Golan Heights Winery, Yarden, T2, [2009]
21. Gvaot, Gvaot, Dances in White, 2013 (Israel)
22. Gvaot, Gofna Reserve, Petit Verdot, 2013 (Israel)
23. Gvaot, Gofna Reserve, Pinot Noir, 2011/2012 (2012 Masada Pinot is amazing w/ accompanying price)
24. Hagafen, Cuvee de Noirs, 2007 (the “late disgorged” version is also delightful)
25. Hagafen, Prix Reserve, Pinot Noir, Combsville, 2012 [US]
26. Hajdu, Grenache, 2013 (2013 Syrah as well)
27. Jezreel Valley, Single Vineyard, Carignan, 2012
28. Lewis Pasco, Liquidity, 2012
29. Lueria, Grand Vital, 2008 / 2011
30. Matar, Petit Verdot, 2012
31. Mia Luce, Rosso, 2012 (Israel)
32. Recanati, Mediterranean Reserve, Carignan, 2012/2013 (Marselan and Syrah too – BUY, BUY, BUY)
33. Recanati, Special Reserve, Red, 2012 (while a bit expensive, I also love the Special Reserve White)
34. Shiloh, Legend II, 2012
35. Shiloh, Secret Reserve, Merlot, 2012
36. Shirah, Bro-Duex, 2013 (2013 Counter-Punch too) [US]
37. Shirah, Syrah, Whitehawk, 2012 [US]
38. Teperberg, Limited Edition, Cabernet Franc, 2011
39. Tulip, Reserve, Shiraz, 2011
40. Trio, Special Cuvee, 2011
41. Tzora, Shoresh, Red, 2012
42. Yatir, Petit Verdot, 2010 (the 2010 Syrah continues where the magnificent 2009 left off)

Moshiach Wines (for more Moshiach Wines, check out my Best Wines of 2014)
As prices rose over the last couple of years, a number of wines that previously fit into the $30-50 range crossed over into the over $50 range, which for this guide, requires something more than just being expensive. Moshiach wines are those really special wines; typically wines that represent top-notch winemaking coupled with the need for a bit of patience as these wines typically only show their best after some years of additional aging in the bottle. Unfortunately, in this world of instant gratification, the majority of wines are consumed relatively shortly after they are purchased which, for most of the highest-end wines, is a crying shame. While many top tier wines are ready to drink upon release (especially from the “softer” and more recent 2009 and 2010 Israeli vintages), some years of aging allows the wines to better integrate and really become the beauties imagined by their talented winemakers. Over the course of the past year, I have attended a number of tastings dedicated to the pleasures of these aged wines and can only reiterate that aging and storing the higher-end wines for a few years can yield a stratospheric ROI and is time, effort and expense well worth undertaking.  Following on my new methodology introduced last year, I have listed the vintage for each wine that is the current release and added a parenthetical with the vintage I think is drinking best right now – making it a true Moshiach wine.

Please note that some of the Moshiach wines are very limited edition wines that may not be easily available at your local retailer. While they may be a tad difficult to lay your hands on, I promise you these are all worth the extra mile of effort and additional shekels! Also, as is the case with many of the best wines, many of these wines are Moshiach wines only after a few years of aging. As older vintages (that have been stored properly) are somewhat difficult to come by, the list includes the current vintage for many of the wines (buy them, store them properly for a few years, open and enjoy profusely – you can thank me later). For some of the Moshiach wines I have added a parenthetical including (one of) the vintages I deem worthy of drinking now as a true Moshiach wine.

1. Binyamina, The Cave, Cabernet Sauvignon, Old Vines, 2011 (2007)
2. Capcanes, La Flor de Primavera, 2011 (2007)
3. Capcanes, Peraj Ha’Abib, 2012 (2001, 2003, 2008)
4. Carmel, Limited Edition, 2010 (2005)
5. Château Guiraud, Sauternes 1er Cru, 2001 (the 1999 as well)
6. Château Léoville Poyferré, Saint Julien, 2005 (2000)
7. Château Pontet-Canet, Pauillac, 2003 [US]
8. Château Smith Haut Lafitte, Pessac-Léognan, 2000 [US]
9. Château Valandraud, 2005 [US]
10. Covenant, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012 (likely their best wine ever) (2003/2006) [US]
11. Covenant, Solomon Lot 70, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010 (2008)
12. Domaine du Castel, Grand Vin, 2011/2012 (2006)
13. Domaine Rose Camille, Pomerol, 2006 (2005). The Echo is also very nice. [US]
14. Elvi, Clos Mesorah, 2013 (2009) [US]
15. Flam, Noble, 2010
16. Flam, Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010
17. Golan Heights Winery, Yarden, Katzrin, 2008 (2003)
18. Golan Heights Winery, Yarden, Rom, 2008; (2006)
19. Gvaot, Gofna Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011 (2008)
20. Gvaot, Masada, 2011 / 2012 (as with the Covenant, 2012 may be their best wine yet) (2006) [US]
21. Hagafen, Prix, Mélange, 2009 (2005) [US]
22. Hajdu, Petite Sirah, 2013 (2010) [US]
23. Herzog, Special Reserve, Single Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek, 2012 [US]
24. Herzog, Special Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Clone Six, 2009 [US]
25. Matar, CB, 2012
26. Psagot, Single Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011 (2007)
27. Tzora, Misty Hills, 2011/2012 (2006)
28. Vignobles David, Les Masques, Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2012 [US]
29. Yatir, Forest, 2010 (2005)