2010 Tzora Vineyards Red Judean Hills Israel (Kosher)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 Judean Hills is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and the rest Syrah, not quite identical to last year’s blend, but pretty close. Aged for 12 months in 30% new French oak, this was sourced from a combination of the Neve Ilan and Shoresh vineyards. If it wasn’t quite my favorite wine in the lineup, it is an awfully good value point, typically showing good structure and good sensibilities. There is just a little oak around the edges. It otherwise seems on the bright and steely side, rather pure and clean, which style some will certainly prefer. This year, in its youth, it was tightly wound on opening, with modest but reasonable depth, beautiful structure and more than a little power. It came around well with a couple of hours of air. It is no wimp in any respect, coming in at 14.5% alcohol as well, but it ultimately resolves nicely. If not as immediately obvious as some of the other bottlings, it always seems to drink well and hold its own, although there is not always enough mid-palate concentration. This seems to be a nice vintage for it. Despite the early bursts of power, it should be approachable young. There were 3,000 cases produced. Drink now-2018.