The wine presents with pale straw color and medium bubbles. Baked apple and yeast show on the nose. Tart green apples are the primary flavor on the palate, with some brioche around the edges. Lime zest lingers for a few seconds on the finish. The wine is fermented in the bottle in traditional Champagne style, then aged for five years before release. It is Kosher, but not mevushal. Drink to welcome the New Year, or at any time. Recommended. 88 points. DBH

WHO: Golan Heights Winery (Yarden label)
WHAT: Chardonnay (Sparkling)
DESIGNATION: Blanc de Blancs
WHERE: Israel, Galilee, Golan Heights
HOW MUCH: $30 (media sample)

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