2018 Shiloh Barbera Shor
2018 Shiloh Barbera Shor; Galilee, Israel
Grown in Samaria, the Shiloh Shor—meaning “ox” in Hebrew—is the symbol for the tribe of Ephraim, which is the territory where Shiloh winery sits. Shor Barbera is a unique and fine wine, made from 100% Barbera grapes. It is aged for 15 months in both French and American oak barrels bringing complexity and yet smooth tannins. Aromas of blackberry and a bouquet of wild flowers accompany notes of chocolate and coffee. It is ready to be enjoyed immediately, but will also age well for 5-7 years. To keep its outstanding quality, this wine is not filtered.
Barbera is a dark-skinned wine grape variety found in several Italian wine regions, including its native Piedmont, Emilia-Romagna, Puglia, Campania and even the island regions, Sicily and Sardinia. At the turn of the 21st Century, it was Italy’s third most-commonly planted red wine grape, after Sangiovese and Montepulciano. Barbera grapes are used both in blended wines and varietals – the latter are becoming increasingly common as Italy continues its move towards varietal labeling.
Galilee is an administrative and wine region in northern Israel. Its name is perhaps most widely recognized in the context of Lake Galilee, via its associations with the Bible, but it is now steadily becoming known as a wine region. ‘Water into wine’ is not a new theme for the Galilee region as the story of the wedding at Cana, in which Jesus turns water into wine, is widely thought to have its origins here.