Vitkin Winery focuses on grapes other than cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, and merlot, working with carignan and petite sirah, veterans from Israel’s years in the wine wilderness, as well as viognier, pinot noir, cabernet franc, french colombard, gewurtzraminer, and more. It may take time for Vitkin to find the perfect combination of grape, soil, and elevation, but it is pioneers like this that will find the ideal Israeli wine, the one the industry is known for in years to come.

Vitkin’s Carignan opens on the nose with raspberry, cinnamon, and violets. On the palate, red and black fruits work together, cherry and mulberry, with cinnamon and violets in support. Tannins are sweet, and vanilla lingers on the finish. Drink with pot roast. Highly Recommended. 90 points.

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WHO: Vitkin Winery
WHAT: Carignan
WHERE: Israel, Binyamina and Zichron Ya’achov
WHEN: 2009
HOW MUCH: $30

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