Saturday, May 28, 2011
BARKAN CLASSIC Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Barkan Classic Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 was uncorked at my home last evening. I had some friends over for a visit and one of them brought this fabulous wine from Galil, Israel. We had it a few months ago at a wine taste. It is a Kosher wine made from grapes grown in northern Israel. It is deep and ruby red in color, almost a purple, with the aroma of spicy berries mingling with the oak it was aged in. It is a full bodied red which was pleasing to the palate.
A Kosher wine begins with how the vines are tended. Grapes cannot be taken from a new vine, they must be at least 4 years old. Every 7 years the fields must be left fallow and nothing else planted in its place. The barrels must be cleaned 3 times and 10% of the wine is thrown away for the tithe. The workers must be Sabbath observing men during the harvest. A non Jew is not permitted to touch any of the product or equipment. A Rabi must bless the facility and the wine. The label must state Kosher.
It is a fine tasting wine which I will have in my wine stock. All in all it made for an enjoyable evening with friends sharing the fruit of the vine. Thanks Nancy for bring it.