This months Wine Blogging Wednesday #56 is brought to us by CorkDork and he asks us to try and write about Kosher wines on this last day of passover. My kosher wine for this WBW is the 2005 Fortant Cabernet Sauvignon Vin De Pays D’Oc. These wines are approved by the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations signified by the letter U circled on the label, and certified kosher for Passover (indicated by the letter p on the label.
The Fortant Cabernet Sauvignon is also certified Yayin Mevushal signifying the wine has been fermented and flash pasteurized. The Mevushal process is performed according to MEHADRINE standards (92°C flash pasteurization) without degrading the quality of the wine. This process helps stabilize the wines color, tannin and fruit and allows it to remain kosher if the bottle is handled by non-Jews.
Not much else is offered on the wine as far as wine making, involving cooperage or vinification techniques, but the wine is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Nose: “portish”, fig, raisin, cassis
Taste: raisin, raspberry, touch of earth, green pepper
Mouthfeel: medium body, decent acidity leaning toward the high side, suprising leathery tannins
Finish: dusty from the tannin sticks around but the flavor profile is gone rather quickly
Not sure what I think of this wine, it has a $13 wine structure but a $5 flavor profile and finish. The wine definitely smells as if it has been cooked a bit and I honestly don’t understand how it couldn’t seeing as it was flash pasteurized at 92ºC (197ºF), that’s pretty hot. The wine wasn’t bad, don’t get me wrong, it just wasn’t that good..
Before this post I had no idea what signified a Kosher wine, so although the wine was so so, I did learn something new in the process. Thanks CorkDork for suggesting this topic and to Lenn Thompson of LennDevours for the conception of Wine Blogging Wednesday.