Sunday, September 13, 2015

Golan Heights Winery Yarden Merlot

Golan Heights Winery Yarden Merlot 2008
Galilee, Israel

Shana Tova to all! As promised, here is the first of several review of Kosher wines. For a refresher, you can see this post on what makes a wine Kosher.

Golan Heights Winery makes a fantastic array of terrior driven wines, with the Yarden line as their flagship. The Yarden Merlot is made in the Galilee appellation of Northern Israel. This cool region is widely considered the highest quality wine region within the country.

Review: The Yarden Merlot is a gorgeous garnet color, showing its age around the meniscus. It is intensely aromatic with notes of dried black currant, bittersweet cocoa powder, and roasted hazelnuts. On the palate it is dry, with talc-like, resolved tannin, and spirity alcohol (15%!). Most of the fruit has fallen from the wine, marking the wine's maturity with notes of forest floor, cedar, and sweet pipe tobacco. Toasty oak and nutty flavors of charred wood, vanilla, and coffee are also present. The wine has persistent finish. 

Food Pairing:  Perfect with a rich brisket. 

Bottom Line:  This is a fantastic wine, albeit at the end of its drinking window. It has layers upon layer of flavor, and a soft rounded texture. I highly recommend!


Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2008
  • PLACE: Galilee, Israel
  • GRAPES: Merlot
  • BOOZE: 15%
  • AGEING: 14 months French Oak
  • CELLAR: Drink now -- at the end of the drinking window

Where did I get it? Wegman's
What's the damage? High Priced

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