Name: 2004 Dalton Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Galillee, Israel
The drinking of Four Cups of Wine is a traditional part of the Passover Sedar, which passed this week. The Four Cups of Wine is symbolic of the four expressions of redemption; while I am not Jewish, I do admire a tradition that redeems through the drinking of Four Cups of Wine.
To be a included in Passover meal, the wine must be kosher. Yes, a wine can be kosher. To be declared as such it must be handled solely by strictly Sabbath observing Jews or it could be made only with kosher ingredients. Like food, a capital "K" or "U" encircled will indicate a kosher wine.
Kosher wine has come a long way from Manischevitz, that cloyingly sweet wine made from concord grapes that strongly resembles Dimetapp. These days many fine wines are kosher, more than I expected. In fact, nearly every commercial varietal is available.
Dalton Winery is a boutique producer located just 5km from the Lebanese border. The Winery is located in the hills of the Upper Galilee, at an altitude of 850 meters above sea level. The combination of altitude, volcanic soil conditions and unique climate makes the Dalton area one of the most important grape growing regions in Israel.
Their 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon was interesting; very rich in flavor with strong vanilla and dill tones. Modern in style with lush, over the top fruit and very prominent flavors.