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Dec 28, 2008 11:28 PM

TN: 2001 Chateau Golan “Eliad”

2001 Chateau Golan “Eliad” (Golan, Israel): This is a somewhat confusing wine, at least at first appearance – the label speaks of all five Bordeaux varietals, yet the website describes the wine as being a blend of 84 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 10 percent Merlot, and six percent Syrah. A quick email to the winery, and it’s the website that counts. Confusing, at best. Medium-deep garnet in color, clean and clear; the bouquet is not necessarily recognizable as Cabernet Sauvignon, per se, but is quite nice nevertheless, with red and black fruits, some white pepper, and a touch of vanilla and spice; on the palate, the wine is smooth and supple, flavorful, and actually quite good indeed . . . just not necessarily Cabernet. (14% abv)


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  1. Thanks for posting the tasting note. Chateau Golan makes very well-crafted wines. They are definitely in the "International Style" camp and I wish they had more of a sense of place. The most interesting Israeli wines right now IMHO are being made in the Judean Hills: Clos du Gat and Castel are really elegant wines that reflect their terroir. I also like Ella Valley, but that's a chunky, slightly monolithic wine that reflects a hotter microclimate.

    1. Hi Jason,

      I'm happy to see the post about wines from the Golan. Hope your Christmas holiday is going ok too for you and your family.

      The Golan is a fascinating place to hike through. I share your opinion on the Eiliad. I don't know what to make of it. I tend to go for whites when I'm there like Yarden's Chardonnay.