Or HaGanuz Winery Har Sinai 2011
This dessert wine is made from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes from the winery's vineyards, which reached optimal ripening. The grapes were immediately frozen at the winery in a controlled environment for three days. After extraction, the grape juice was warmed over natural olive-wood fire and barrel aged outdoors in French oak for 12 months. Deep-red-burgundy color. An aroma of raisins, cherries, plums, coffee grains, toasted-oak wood, and bittersweet chocolate. Full-bodied taste with a soft complex and an impressive, long, pleasant finish.
80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot. Or HaGanuz Winery was founded in 2005 and lies at the foot of Mount Meron in the Or HaGanuz settlement, a collaborative, religious community of Orthodox Jews who have adopted the principle of "working for the common good"—similar to the kibbutz model. The name of both the community and winery, translated from Hebrew, means "Hidden Light" and is derived from Kabbalah, referring to the original light described in the Bible as the first act of creation. The Or HaGanuz vineyards enjoy the unique climate of the Upper Galilee mountains, at a height of 2,259-2,854 feet above sea level, which is optimal for a variety of high-quality grapes.