The 2013 Chardonnay "Admon Vineyard" is a dry, single-vineyard Chard fermented in 300-liter oak for eight months. The oak is noticeable around the edges, but it has good clean fruit with reasonable acidity, too. In fact, with about 30 minutes of air, the oak is not even an issue here. The fruit seems fresh and the good acidity overcomes the rest. There isn't a lot of depth, but there's enough and the price is right. Overall, it's an elegant and charming performance for an easy-drinking Chardonnay with a sunny demeanor. If I had a quibble, there was a whiff of something I took to be reductive on the nose, a bit of flint, but it wasn't too powerful and the wine generally held up to it. It should hold a bit, but you'll be well served if you drink it young and fresh.
Carmel Winery is the historic winery of Israel founded in 1882, by Baron Edmond de Rothschild, who was owner of Chateau Lafite.
The main winery is situated at Zichron Ya'acov on the southern slopes of Mount Carmel overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The winemaker is Lior Lacser, who studied in Beaune and worked in Burgundy, Bordeaux and Australia before joining Carmel in 2003.
Carmel also owns Kayoumi Winery, a small state of the art winery situated close to their many vineyards in the Upper Galilee.