Shana Speaks Wine

Wine Marketing Consultant and Journalist

Drinking out loud. 

Kosher Countdown - The Fourth Cup

For the final wine before seder, we're visiting France by way of Israel.  The Domaine Netofa, Red, Galilee, 2012, is a classic Rhone blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. The head winemaker used to lead wine production for Royal Wine Europe and the influence is apparent in this bottle. There is a lot of peppery spice immediately on the nose, along with an earthy soil note.  The berries are deep and heavy, almost second fiddle to the spices. On the palate, the peppery notes again charge through, but the fruit qualities stand their ground. The tannins are noticeable and integrated while the acid feels a bit higher than expected for this wine. This is a great food wine (although, I think matzoh would be an inadvisable pairing). While this wine feels a bit young, it's still drinkable, although I bet it would fare even better at Passover 2016.

Domaine Netofa. Photo by Shana Sokol, Shana Speaks Wine. 

Domaine Netofa. Photo by Shana Sokol, Shana Speaks Wine. 

So what will I be drinking at Seder?  Stay tuned to find out. I'll also drop a couple more bottles for you next week to keep your Passover fresh and interesting.