Review: 2013 Bravdo Coupage Samson

Bravdo is a label from Israel’s Karmei Yosef Winery, composed of 40% Cabernet Franc, 33% Shiraz, and 27% Cabernet Sauvignon. While Kosher for Passover, we have under good authority that it can be consumed any time — even on Halloween!

The wine is heavily fruit-forward, lush with raspberry and strawberry notes, but with an edge of tobacco and pencil lead underneath. As the finish develops, some more unusual blueberry notes emerge, along with hints of cinnamon and citrus peel. The finish offers even more unusual touches of watermelon and rhubarb — again, a surfeit of fruit here — all a bit on the sweet side, but manageable on the whole.

B / $30 / bravdo.co.il

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