REVIEWS AND AWARDS



Gewurztraminer

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(Abarbanel's Gewurztraminer has been consistently regarded as one of the best kosher white wines in the world)


"Exceptional. Straw green color. Fruity, floral, earthy aromas and flavors of lychee, honeysuckle and geranium patch, and clementine with a supple, tangy, fruity medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-long apple and pear and hint of potpourri finish with fine, dusty, fruit tannins and no oak. A crisp, lightly floral and earthy gewurztraminer that pair nicely."
- Ari Lockspeiser, Kosherwine.com


"Abarbanel Lemminade Gewurztraminer ’15 is the #2 Rated Gewurztraminer in the America according to Tastings.com/World Wine Championships!"


September 29, 2016

"Abarbanel, Lemminade, Gewurztraminer, Vin D'alsace, Old-Vine, 2015 ($23; non-mevushal): this is a beautiful, bright, vibrant, somewhat rounded yet refreshing and very slightly sweet Gewurtz with tingly acidity, and wonderful aromas and flavors of white peach, lychee, and wild flowers, with notes of ginger and cloves. Serve only slightly chilled with poultry, Asian cuisine, Cajun cooking."

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Abarbanel Gewurztraminer 2006
"This is a fantastic example of an Alsatian style Gewurztraminer with an intense nose of ginger and spice, and lingering cloves and incense on the finish. Well-balanced with a round, rich mouthfeel, this wine is a true delight."

Kosher Wine Society

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SILVER MEDAL
"Highly Recommended"
Abarbanel Gewurztraminer 2006
"Yellow straw color. Lychee, beeswax, and floral peach jam aromas. A round, supple entry leads to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body of ripe nectarine, wet sandalwood, and pistachio oil flavors with a crisp, yet round chalk accented fade. Nicely style for the table; serve with mild Asian cuisine or muenster cheese or a sipper."

Beverage Testing Institute
World Wine Championships
November 2007

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Abarbanel Gewurztraminer '04
"Kosher Pale golden yellow straw color. Fresh lychee and peach aromas. A round entry leads to a dryish, lightly glycerous medium-bodied palate with tangy stone fruit and delicate allspice flavors. Finishes with a breezy fruity fade. A nice quaffer or serve with mildly spicy foods."

Beverage Testing Institute
World Wine Championships, August 2006

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Abarbanel Gewürztraminer Alsace Mevushal 1999
"Restrained, this white shows grapefruit and litchi flavors matched to a firm, lean structure, yet it's balanced and harmonious. Good lingering finish. Kosher. Drink now."

Wine Spectator
September 30, 2001

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Abarbanel Gewürztraminer Alsace Mevushal 2000
"Intense aromas and flavors of pear, with a hint of banana. Not typical for the variety, yet it’s an attractive white, soft and inviting. Drink now."

Wine Spectator
July 31, 2004

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Abarbanel Gewurztraminer 2006
"Pale yellow in color, this Gewurz has aromas of ripe apple, Asian pear and cantaloupe complemented by flavors of fresh peach and light ginger spice. A round, somewhat fat mouthfeel followed by a crisp and peppery finish closes the wine nicely."

Wine Enthusiast
April 2008

Abarbanel 1997 Gewurztraminer was rated as
one of America's Top Kosher Wines by Bon Appetit Magazine


"The Abarbanel Vin d'Alsace Gewurztraminer 1999 Estate Bottled packs a wallop of perfume and spices, with layers of chrysanthemums and dried fig on the palate,
and a mineral chalky finish"

Deborah and Howard Spiegelman
Washington Jewish Week
March 2001


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Gold Medal
Tastings.com World Wine Championships
July 2016

Gold Medal
The Indy International Wine Competition
July 2006

Gold Medal
International Eastern Wine Competition
May 1997

Silver Medal
Beverage Testing Institute
World Wine Championships

November 2007

Silver Medal
Beverage Testing Institute
World Wine Championships

August 2006

Silver Medal
Tasters Guild International
April 2004

Silver Medal
Tasters Guild Consumer Wine Competition
August 1998

Silver Medal
Tasters Guild International
April 1997

Bronze Medal
Tasters Guild International
April 2002

Cabernet Sauvignon


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September 29, 2016

"Abarbanel, Batch 22, Unfiltered Cabernet Sauvignon, Pays d'Oc, 2015 ($14; mevushal): This is an inviting, food friendly light-to-medium bodied cab, sourced from the Les Dolmens Rouges, a single vineyard near Ouveillan in the Aude River Valley (Languedoc); offering clean currant, dark berry, and herbal notes, with slightly rustic tannins, this is a simple yet very engaging quaffer, and a solid choice for a basic red."


"Ruby black color. Roasted aromas and flavors of char-roasted nuts, espresso, and cocoa with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk grilled cherries and apples and bark finish with crunchy, firm tannins and moderate oak. A crisp, oaky cabernet quaffer."
- Tastings.com, December 2016

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Abarbanel Cabernet Sauvignon, Aude Valley Estate, Vin de Pays de l'Aude, 2003
"A very pleasant country style red, medium-bodied with somewhat chunky tannins that come together nicely with berry and currant fruits, an appealing light hint of bitterness and a medium-long finish. Drink now-2006.”(Tasted 22 Sep, 2004)"

Daniel Rogov
Ha’aratez and International Herald Tribune
September 2004


“Medium-bodied, with plum, spice and roasted flavors. Slightly candied finish.”
Wine Spectator

"Firm and fruity, with bright plum and red cherry flavors, some herbal touches and coffee notes on the finish." 
Wine Spectator

"Everything a Cabernet Sauvignon ought to be. An 'excellent' full (or heavy) bodied dry wine with little or a 'slightly spicy' nose. One panelist considered it 'the best of them all;' another 'pretty smooth.' The best of show."
The Boston Jewish Advocate 
March 2001

"Medium-bodied, with modest currant and berry flavors this not-at-all pretentious 
wine offers simple pleasures." 

Daniel Rogov 
Ha'aretz and International Herald Tribune (Israeli edition)

"Saturated dark purple hue. Ripe plummy, cassis aromas. Firm on the attack, with a moderately full body and rich, fruity flavors with dense, highly extracted tannins that make this tough through the finish. This will need meaty food." 
Tastings.com 

GOLD MEDAL
Tasters Guild International 
June 2003

SILVER MEDAL
Tasters Guild International
April 2005

SILVER MEDAL
Tasters Guild Consumer Wine Judging
August 2004

SILVER MEDAL
Tasters Guild International 
April 2001

SILVER MEDAL
Tasters Guild International 
April 1999

BRONZE MEDAL
Tasters Guild Consumer Wine Judging
August 2005

BRONZE MEDAL
Indy International Wine Competition
June 2003

BRONZE MEDAL
International Eastern Wine Competition 
June 1999

BRONZE MEDAL
Tasters Guild Consumer Wine Judging 
August 1999

25th Anniversary Reserve Rouge


Logo Jewish Week

November 15, 2017

Thanksgiving Wine Pairings

"Finally, for those seeking a budget-friendly quaffer to quench thirsts and accompany the proceedings nicely, consider the newly released The Abarbanel, 25th Anniversary, Special Reserve, Rouge, 2016 ($20; currently available for $17 at kosherwine.com): Value-priced, light-to-medium bodied, and light in tannins, this is an all-around inviting and enjoyable single vineyard blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (65%) and Merlot (35%) from the Aude River Valley in the South of France. This is easy drinking and food friendly—though let it breath in the glass a little first; offering aromas and flavors of cherry, plum, and cassis with some subtle herbs and light tobacco, and perhaps a whiff of coffee. L’Chaim!"

Chardonnay


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"Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of bubble gum dust, green apple, pineapple gravel, and dried canvas with an tangy, dry medium-full body and an interesting, brisk finish with cottony, earthy tannins and a suggestion of oak. A better than average quality example."
- Tastings.com - December 2016



September 29, 2016

"Abarbanel, Batch 30, Unoaked Chardonnay, Pas d'Oc, 2015 ($14; mevushal): an enjoyable, straightforward, chardonnay sourced from the Les Chemins de Favarelle single vineyard in the Aude River Valley of the Languedoc, with clean and inviting notes of citrus and pear, some lovely spice, nice balancing acidity, and an agreeably creamy mouth-feel. Refreshing."


Top 10 Value-Priced Kosher Wines of 2015
Abarbanel Batch 30 Chardonnay '13

Ranked #3 of 10 Best Kosher Wine Values in America!
Washington Jewish Week and Grapelines.com
September 25, 2015

"Abarbanel, Batch 30, Unoaked Chardonnay 2013 ($14): Uncomplicated with clean and inviting notes of melon, citrus, apple, pear and light clover honey, with just enough balancing acidity to keep it all genuinely refreshing to drink."


Winner of the Médaille d’Argent (Silver Medal) at the Brussels Concours de Vin 2013






By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon
Washington Jewish Week - March 18, 2015

"The world has a love/hate relationship with Chardonnay. On the one hand, it is one of the most widely planted grapes, while on the other hand, it tends to elicit scorn and even contempt. Many consumers continue to ascribe to the ABC school of wine selection: 'Anything But Chardonnay.'
A rise in the grape varietal’s popularity in the 1980’s led to increased production without a concomitant attention to quality. The result was an ocean of over-oaked, flabby and out-of-balance Chardonnay wine that rarely displayed any character or charm. Oak can be used to hide a lot of faults, especially lazy winemaking and poor viticulture. Chardonnay remains popular, but there has been a steady movement toward lighter, less oaky white wines like Pinot Grigio.
Thankfully there are still many winemakers and growers out there who treat Chardonnay with some respect, and allow this grape to really shine.
For an enjoyable and food friendly example, consider the mevushal Abarbanel, Batch 30, Unoaked Chardonnay 2013 ($14), from the Les Chemins de Favarelle single vineyard in the Aude River Valley in southwest France. The Abarbanel Chardonnay is uncomplicated with clean and inviting notes of melon, citrus, apple, pear and light clover honey, with just enough balancing acidity to keep it all genuinely refreshing to drink. It’s a lovely little quaffer."



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Abarbanel Chardonnay, Aude Valley Estate, Vin de Pays de l'Aude, 2001
“Brilliant straw-copper hue. Pear and citrus aromas. A rich entry leads to a moderately full-bodied palate with forward fruit and a rich finish with fine acidity.”

Beverage Testing Institute/Tastings.com
April, 2002

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Abarbanel Chardonnay, Aude Valley Estate, Vin de Pays de l'Aude, 2003
“Simple but pleasant, a light straw colored, somewhat buttery wine with clean fruits and nuts on the nose and palate. Perhaps a bit of residual sugar here but a good match with food.” (Tasted 21 Sep, 2004)

Daniel Rogov
Ha’aratez and International Herald Tribune
September 2004


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Silver Medal
Tastings.com World Wine Championships
June 2016

Silver Medal
Tasters Guild International
June 2003

Silver Medal
Tasters Guild International
May 2002

Bronze Medal
The Indy International Wine Competition
July 2006

Bronze Medal
Tasters Guild Consumer Judging
August 2004

Riesling


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The French Revolution…

"The quality of French wine is at an all-time high. Take for example my favorite white grape, Riesling. There are not one, but TWO kosher French Rieslings available - Abarbanel and Koenig. The Abarbanel is an old vine Alsatian dry Riesling that is currently listed on kosherwine.com for only $17.99. That is a steal for a wine that is earthy, dry, acidic, crisp, and all the good qualities of an Alsatian Riesling… it is a great wine and an honor that we get to sell it. Even last night I brought it to a Chanukah party and amongst five or six other more expensive bottles it was the hit of the night."

-- Ari Lockspeiser, Kosherwine.com - December 2016



2012 Abarbanel Riesling, Estate Bottled – Score: B+ to A-
"A lovely wine, very surprising with great acid and elegance. The nose is classic with petrol and good spice. The mouth is weighty, with honeysuckle, peach, honey notes, followed by good fruit focus, elegance, and pith. Drink UP!"

– Kosher Wine Musings Blog, February 2017

jewish week
Wednesday, December 30, 2015

"The Abarbanel, Old Vine Riesling, Batch 66, Vin D'Alsace, France, 2012 ($19):
This lovely if slightly restrained wine offers classic citrus-flint and floral aromatics followed on the palate with the fresh, racy tang of citrus, spice, and herbs, with enough of the acidity and nerve one associates with Alsace to keep it vivacious, and food friendly. Mevushal."


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Abarbanel Riesling Alsace Mevushal 2002
"A piercing floral and mineral scent segues into peach and ripe apple in this elegant and dry white. It's not that complex, just pure and balanced. Good lingering finish.
Drink now through 2008."

Wine Spectator
July 31, 2004

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Abarbanel Riesling Alsace Mevushal 1999
"Round and expressive, showing peach, apple and mineral flavors on a firm backbone of acidity. It's dry and tight on the finish, but should go well with food. Kosher. Best from 2002 through 2003."

Wine Spectator
October 15, 2001

Abarbanel Vin d'Alsace Riesling 2004
"True Alsatian Riesling: dry, peppery and earthy, with real backbone. Very easy to drink and great with all kinds of food. Anyone who thinks of Riesling as sweet, simple and wimpy should taste this."

Dorothy Gaiter and John Brecher
The Wall Street Journal
March 28th, 2009

Abarbanel Riesling, Vin d'Alsace, France
"The one kosher Alsatian Riesling available in the United States is Abarbanel, a dry, bright-straw colored, medium-bodied wine with a lovely bouquet of oranges, limes, mangoes and honey, and a fruity flavor of lemons and grapefruit, with a hint of minerals. Abarbanel Riesling is well balanced... and compliments many foods."

Gabriel Kronemer
The N.Y. Jewish Week, August 2005

Abarbanel Riesling, Vin d'Alsace, France
"This estate bottled wine has lovely aromas of apples and citrus blossoms. The well balanced texture has dry, crisp flavors of apples, oranges and peaches. Wonderful acidity and concentration typical of fine wines from Alsace."

Dave DeSimone
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 2001

Abarbanel Vin d'Alsace Riesling 1999
"The Abarbanel Vin d'Alsace Riesling 1999 Estate Bottled is floral and fruity, with hints of dried apricot on the palate and green apple on the finish. A perfect choice to accompany spicy food."

Deborah and Howard Spiegelman
Washington Jewish Week, March 2001


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"Light straw color. Aromas of marshmallow, brioche, preserved lemon, and jasmine and orange blossom with a satiny, lively, dry light-to medium body and an interesting, medium-length almond skins, slate and quartz, micro greens, and distant gooseberry finish with silky tannins. A bracingly dry and minerally Riesling with great weight and cheery acidity."
Tastings.com - 2017


Silver Medal
Tasters Guild International
May 2002
Bronze Medal
Indy International Wine Competitition
July 2005
Bronze Medal
Tasters Guild International
April 2004