Drinking at Work: Israel

September 8, 2009 at 4:44 pm (What we are thinking, What we're drinking) (, , , , , )

Happy Thursday, y’all! To celebrate the approaching weekend (and my victory over a tower of boxes), we’re popping open a few bottles. Stacking, cleaning, sniffing, slurping…it’s all in a day’s work at LUSH.

But, what to open? Something eccentric…something not often had…something, perhaps, WHITE, to juice what feels like the last days of summer…aha, perfect! Two new whites from ISRAEL. These beauties have just landed in the country and have promptly found a home at LUSH, friend to all wines novel, obscure, and delicious.

Chilled and opened: the 2008 Pelter Sauvignon Blanc and the 2008 Tulip Winery ‘White Tulip’. The former is from Galilee, in the high basalt land of the northern Golan. Fresh cut grass and white grapefruit on the nose, with a light, bright body. Only 11.4% alcohol, which makes me happy (and would make me even happier after the second glass). A delightful wine.

The ‘White Tulip’ is a blend of 60% Gewurztraminer and 40% Sauvignon Blanc, from the upper Galilee. Floral and earthy on the nose. Like muddy lilacs. Maybe with a little bit of honey and pear skin. A little prickly acid on the front palate that mellows out. Sweet spices on the mid palate (Cardamom? Cinnamon?) that dry out on the back. Very clean, but lingers in the upper reaches of the mouth. Delicious!

Posted by Jane.

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