About The Producer
Perched on a mountainside in Kfar Tikvah “Village of Hope” is Tulip Winery, overlooking the lush Jezreel Valley. Tulip’s winemaker Ro’i Itzchaki grew up in a town adjacent to this village, and purchased the winery in 2003. He employs many of the 200 adult locals who struggle with developmental and emotional disabilities. Itzhaki hires them to learn the wine trade, giving them jobs while helping them integrate into mainstream society (and also boosting the Israeli economy). Itzhaki says labels only belong on wine bottles, not people. A huge piece of Tulip winery’s mission is to employ these individuals, giving them a meaningful way to support themselves by helping bring kosher wine to kosher consumers. In this way Kfar Tikvah truly embodies its name, a Village of Hope.
The name for the winery itself came from Roy’s mother who adored tulips. The winery literally blossomed when production numbers started to hit higher levels of production - 100,000 bottles a year - a number that brings most winemakers to consider going kosher (which Tulip did in 2010). The winery is now reaching the 200,000 bottle mark and continues to make beautiful fruity wines with wonderful QPR value. The winery sources its grapes from all over Israel, yielding powerful wines with finishes that are long and spicy.
This wine was produced from 90% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes taken from five different vineyards (Alma, Karmey Yosef, Tzivon, Kfar Yuval and Mata) in equal quantity, with the addition of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Pre-fermentation, the grapes went through cold maceration for a few days, in order to attain deep color and aroma.
Grape / Blend
90% Cabernet Sauvignon
Winemaker's Tasting Notes
This wine is a unique blend of Cabernet from five different “terroirs”, which produce an elegant wine, with aromas of cherry, cassis and black fruit with a dash of vanilla, black pepper and toasted wood. The wine has a full round flavor with soft tannins and a long, pleasurable finish.
Praise For Past Vintages
90 Points - Wine Enthusiast (2011 Vintage)
Made with 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% each Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, this wine offers a bouquet of black cherry, green pepper and toast. There is a nice balance of fruit and cooling herb flavors, featuring blackberry, eucalyptus, anisette and espresso bean. Lingering, velvety tannins continue on the palate until a final burst of cranberry on the finish. - MIKE DESIMONE
Product Size: 750ml