Galil Mountain Winery Upper Galilee Rosé 2014

Bright ruby-pink color; strawberry, orange blossom, red rose nose; strawberry, raspberry, cherry on the palate.

Blend of 74% sangiovese, 23% pinot noir, 3% grenache; lively, excellent acidity (3.21 pH), dry but not austere, clean; not complex, but very serviceable as fun-in-the-sun sipper that also could pair with fish, fruits, salad.

Galil Mountain Winery was established in 2000 by Golan Heights Winery and Kibbutz Yiron; it is located in Upper Galilee mountains in the northern tip of Israel, a wine growing region with vineyard legacy going back for more than 2,000 years. The winery embraces sustainable agriculture and environmental responsibility, including solar power, wastewater management, and composting instead of chemical fertilizers.

Winemaker Micha Vaadia served as a paratrooper in the Israel Defense Forces, first studied electrical engineering, then switched to horticulture at The Hebrew University. He earned a master’s degree from UC Davis, then worked at J Wine, Navarro, and La Crema in California, Cloudy Bay in New Zealand, and Catena in Argentina. Well trained and well traveled, he returned to become chief winemaker at Galil.

Israel is much more than a “who knew” wine region, and this wine is an example of a tasty rosé at a terrific price. $12

Galil Mountain Winery website

Galil Mountain Winery Upper Galilee Rosé