Recently we exclaimed the virtues of the Merlot varietal from the Yarden series of The Golan Heights Winery from 2006. Well, the same wine from the 2007 vintage is even better. It seems to me that many, if not all of the wine we have been tasting from this year were outstanding. It has a full complexity of aromas of berries and a forest after a fall shower. Despite its bold flavors, it has a gentleness that lifts you up and carries you across the wide open hills of the central Golan where the grapes are grown. It really gives you a sense of place. According to the Golan Heights Winery catalog, it contains a “small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon.” They state that it is aged for 15 months primarily in small French oak barrels. Their tasting note reports a “concentrated layers of berry and cassis notes with orange peel, spice, and rich oak characters; deep and complex flavors. It was written up in “sourgrapes“, an Irish blog about wines, where the author, Lar Veale, stated, “gorgeous ripe fruit, great “varietal typicity” (read plums, cherries and chocolate), nice soft texture, freshness and minerality. Nice soft integrated oak adding a little vanilla into the mix with a lovely long finish.”
I would definitely purchase it again and am giving it an israelwinetaster grade of A+, especially at the price we were able to purchase it at a wine shop in Kiryat Motzkin, Mercaz HaMishkaot. There, we paid 75 shekels/bottle when purchasing a case of 12 bottles. This is equivalent to about $20 at the present rate of exchange.