Dalton Winery is one of Israel’s most successful wineries.Founded as a boutique winery in 1995 in the mountainous Upper Galilee by the Haruni family, Dalton has grown steadily over the years to become one Israel’s most successful producers of premium wines. Current production is a little over 7,000 cases.
Dalton’s grapes are sourced from nearby vineyards in Krem Ben Zimra and several other high altitude sites along the border with Lebanon. The growing area in Upper Galilee offers optimum growing conditions: volcanic soils and a climate of hot days and cool nights which allow for slow and steady maturation of the grapes.
Its wines are produced by winemaker, Na’ama Mualem, who was trained in California and at the University of Adelaide in Australia and joined Dalton in 2002. She has been assisted by an Australian consulting winemaker, John Worontshak.
Dalton produces wines in different series from entry level to icon wines. these include estate wines, single vineyard wines, a reserve series, and a fashionable Matatia, a Bordeaux blend, The three wines reviewed here are medium-priced Dalton estate wines. They are fruit forward, restrained and nicely balanced Kosher wines that offer good value for money.
Dalton wines are imported in the U.S. by Allied Importers USA Ltd. Long Island City, NY
Dalton Winery 2010 Fume Blanc Upper Galilee ($16) 88
The 2010 Fume Blanc offers fresh light citrus aromas. On the palate it reveals light fruit flavors with crisp acidity. Aged for four months in large oak casks, it reveals a pleasant creamy mouth feel and a dry finish.
Dalton Winery 2009 Shiraz Upper Galilee ($25) 90
This Shiraz displays a bright medium dark ruby color and aromas of ripe plum licorice and charred oak. Aged in oak barriques for 8 months, it reveals round ripe tannins, excellent balance and a long finish.
Dalton Winery 2009 Zinfandel Upper Galilee ($25) 91
The 2009 Zinfandel from Dalton’s Mount Meron Vineyard displays a medium ruby color and aromas of ripe plum and blackberry. It boasts softly textured palate of ripe fruit, cedar, round tannins and a firm finish. A delicious wine.
Mike Potashnik and Don Winkler