Mount Nebo is renowned as the place where Moses glimpsed the Promised Land. We journalists following Pope Benedict’s Holy Land pilgrimage saw it as a stony highland with an Old Testament austerity.
But from vineyards in the valleys below, closer to the Jordan River, comes Mount Nebo Cabernet, as the label declares, the “Wine of the Holy Land.”
The label depicts the modern sculpture representing the “brazen serpent” created by Moses at God’s command to heal the Israelites from snake bites. The image is cited in the New Testament as a symbol of Christ.
We sampled the wine at dinner last night in the Amman hotel where reporters on the Volo Papale are staying. It was well-balanced, a little young (we drank the 2007 vintage) but not too tannic. Rich and elegant was the judgment at our table, especially after the second bottle.