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Two Wines from Galilee

Recently we enjoyed two wines from the Netófa Estate Winery in Israel. Both of the wines were labeled Non Mevushal. The wines were sent to us by a Royal Wine Corp. in New York City.

The Tel Qasser 2017 was a red wine with 13.5% alcohol. The wine was a blend of Grenache and Syrah. The wine was a dark ruby color. The aroma was aromatic with abundant fruit. It was reminiscent of a red and black fruit salad. Aroma notes included black raspberries, blueberries, black cherries, plums and leather. The full-bodied wine offered black cherry and plum accompanied by silky tannins. The aftertaste was fruity with baking spices and leather. The Tel Qasser 2017 would pair well with many foods including grilled hamburgers. 

The back label of the Tel Qasser 2017 adds, “The Tel Qasse wines tell the story of the land, of the Mediterranean Sea, but even more so of people who truly love to create.”

The Netófa White 2017 was produced with 100% Chenin Blanc and aged in French oak for 10 months. The wine was a yellow color with slight green hue. The tropical aromas were accompanied with taste notes of hazelnuts, lemon grass, melon, pineapple, citrus and white raisins. The wine was dry and had a velvety mouthfeel. The finish was crisp and fruity yielding to a chalky minerality.

About Netófa Estate Winery

The Netófa Estate Winery has a wine room that their website describes, “Our intimate wine room offers guided wine tastings, sumptuous meals, workshops, romantic encounters, big celebrations and a lot of fun. Hospitality isn’t a decision, it’s an inborn quality that grows stronger with the years. We love to host.” The winery is open for visitors every Friday.

Located in Lower Galilee, the Netófa vineyards have numerous grape varieties growing on 30 acres. Varieties include: Syrah, Mourvèdre, Grenache, Tempranillo, Touriga Nacional, Chenin Blanc and Roussane.

For more information and photos of Netófa Estate Winery, be sure to visit the winery website.

Kathy and Terry

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