04/07/14
Special to the Jewish Week
Bottles For Passover

Top picks to make sure those four cups satisfy.

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With Passover just around the corner, we thought we’d highlight a couple of wines to enjoy over the holiday.

One of the newest and hottest-selling Israeli kosher wines to hit the U.S. market is the 2012 Pasco Project #1 ($25), made by the critically acclaimed winemaker—and our friend—Lewis Pasco. A blend of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% merlot, and 3% Petite Sirah all grown in the Shomron, the Pasco Project #1 is a big wine, packed with jammy, concentrated, dark berry fruits, intense, drying, slightly powdery tannins, solid acidity, some mild spice and herbal notes, with a definite overlay of toasted oak. Currently tight and out of sorts, this well crafted wine needs proper cellaring to mature in the bottle and balance out. While pleasant to drink now, it promises future enjoyment with just a bit of patience. This first U.S. release of just over 2,000 bottles (around one-third of total production) sold out from Allied Importers in the first week, but another 500 or so bottles are on their way; several of the internet kosher wine purveyors, such as Skyview, still have some in stock, as well.

Dalton Petite Sirah 2011. Courtesy of Skyview Wine & SpiritsAnother Israeli wine to consider is the Dalton Petite Sirah 2011 ($24), an aromatic, rich and velvety beauty with notes of dark berry fruit and spices, earthiness and a lovely finish with additional notes of black pepper and French vanilla. It can be ordered online from Gotham and Skyview.

Moving away from Israel, consider Spanish Cava, the quintessential Spanish sparkling wine, produced mostly in the Cataluyna region surrounding Barcelona. Cava is very palate-refreshing, making it versatile enough to be a guest-greeting aperitif as well as an ideal accompaniment to the many complex flavors found in appetizers and spicy foods. A recently released kosher for Passover version is the Freixenet Excelencia Brut Cava ($15) that opens with stone fruit, apple and floral aromas that expand nicely into melon and citrus flavors. Made solely from the Macabeo grape, it would make a worthy candidate for the first of the four cups at the seder and is available online from Gotham. L’chaim!

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04/11/2014 - 08:36

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