The Flam Classico is a favorite of Israeli restaurants. It is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. A percentage of the wine was aged in new barrels but the majority of the wine was aged in two or three year old barrels. This gives the wine a hint of oak but it is not overpowering. It is a medium bodied wine that has aromas and flavors of black fruits, current and cherry. The finish is smooth and the tannins are well balanced. It is a fantastic lunch or dinner wine. It goes well with meat, pasta, salads and is a year-round wine to be enjoyed.
By Esther Cohen
Flam Winery is a growing family winery in the Jerusalem Hills. Israel Flam, the father, was the chief-winemaker for Carmel Winery for 35 years. He received his training in Stellenbosch, South Africa. In 1998 Israel and his two sons, Golan and Gilad established their own winery. Gilad is in charge of the business aspects and Golan is the winemaker. Golan was trained in Australia and worked in Tuscany. Israel enjoys taking visitors on tours of the winery and giving tasting. The sister and Israel’s wife are also vital to the winery’s business aspects.
Their vineyards are located in the Bet Shemesh and Galilee regions. Currently they produce 130,000 bottles annually. They produce mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Charodonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. They also have a small production of Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdo and Mourvedre. Flam Winery only recently went kosher in 2010. They decided to produce only kosher wines because they wanted their wines exported to the United States and they wanted all Israeli’s to enjoy their delicious wines. In Israel, Flam wines are on most wine lists. One of the most popular of Flam’s wines is the Classico.
The four series of wines that Flam produces are Special Reserve, Reserve, Superior and Classico. All of their wines are spectacular and interesting. They are able to be very creative with how they blend the grapes from the different regions, types of barrels and percentages of varieties. The Flam family loves to host groups to visit their winery and taste a wide spectrum of their wines.