Review: 2014 Psagot Merlot Jerusalem

Congrats, new world capital! Now you have a new world class wine to show off! Psagot Merlot is made from 100% Israeli merlot grapes and is aged for 13 months in French oak before release.

This is a rich and earthy wine, almost brambly as it layers in notes of blackberry and currant, very dark, very rich. Not wholly merlot-like, which typically exhibits floral notes, this wine has a density that speaks of graphite, cloves, and slate, en route to a slightly bitter, tannic finish. A big wine, I’d put it up against a steak, no problem, though it held its own against barbecued ribs — with all apologies to the kosher amongst you.

B+ / $26 /

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