Erez, Galilee (Israel) Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

($15, Royal Wine Company): Every year we see more high-quality wines, such as this one, coming out of Israel, a place that seems ill suited for premium wine because of its climate.  But, in fact, the Galilee plateau’s elevation accounts for its more moderate climate and explains why it’s a prime location for growing quality grapes.  This Cabernet has lovely herbal elements that complement a dollop of ripe fruit.  Not overdone, this stylish wine has hints of chocolate, olives and earth.  The mild supple tannins lend structure without intruding.  A fine Cabernet–and it’s kosher. 87 Michael Apstein Oct 7, 2008