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Wine Spectator says no more Manischewitz at Passover

Staff writer

Wine Specator says it's time we stopped drinking cheap wine at our Passover Seder.

They picked and rated nine wines. Many are priced under $30 and all received a score of 85 or better on Wine Specator's 100-point scale.

Here's the list. Prices will vary.

RECANATI Petit Syrah-Zinfandel Galilee Reserve 2010 Score: 89 | $26

A jammy and ripe red, with blackberry, dark plum and blueberry flavors, featuring notes of black licorice. The dense finish shows hints of chocolate. Kosher. From Israel. Drink now through 2017. 1,080 cases made.

WEINSTOCK Zinfandel Lodi Cellar Select 2010 Score: 88 | $20

Jammy and zesty, with black currant and licorice aromas complemented by dried cherry, tar and pepper flavors. Kosher. From California. Drink now through 2017. 606 cases made.

BARON HERZOG Zinfandel Lodi Old Vine 2009 Score: 87 | $13

Soft and supple, with easygoing raspberry, cinnamon and spice flavors. Kosher. From California. Drink now through 2016. 6,015 cases made.

DALTÔN Chardonnay Galilee Unoaked 2011 Score: 87 | $15

Touches of richness define this well-crafted white, with ripe apple, pear and buttery flavors that are generously spiced. Kosher. From Israel. Drink now. 2,000 cases made. a

DALTÔN Shiraz Galilee Oak Aged 2010 Score: 87 | $21

Features notes of Asian spices, with cedar hints to the blueberry and dried raspberry flavors. Iron and wet stone elements appear on the finish. Kosher. From Israel. Drink now. 5,000 cases made.

RECANATI Cabernet Sauvignon Galilee 2011 Score: 86 | $17

A medium-bodied red, with plum and dried berry flavors that take on lively notes of tobacco. Offers a light and juicy finish. Kosher. From Israel. Drink now. 17,000 cases made.

RECANATI Merlot Galilee 2011 Score: 86 | $17

Features dark plum fruit, with well-defined notes of tobacco, tar and black olive. Hints of chocolate and mint linger on the finish. Kosher. From Israel. Drink now. 12,000 cases made.

DALTÔN Chardonnay-Viognier Galilee Alma 2011 Score: 85 | $20

Medium-bodied, with some marzipan notes to the ripe apple, butterscotch and vanilla flavors. Soft finish. Kosher. From Israel. Drink now. 1,000 cases made.

DALTÔN Sauvignon Blanc Galilee Reserve 2011 Score: 85 | $17

Fruity, with supple peach and mango flavors, delivering lively spice notes. Soft finish. Kosher. From Israel. Drink now. 1,500 cases made.

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