Toasting the New Year Part 2
We consider Yarden and its Golan Height Winery to be the "royal family" of Israel’s wine production. This globally respected company has grown over the years, and paved the way for so many smaller Israeli vintners to produce and ship wine all over the world. We were pleased to taste the following selections, and highly recommend them. These are lovely wines for your yom tov sipping. We know that everyone is familiar with the Bordeaux region of France and the Tuscany region of Italy, The Golan Heights, known for its volcanic basaltic soil, suitable topography and cool high-altitude climate is Israel’s “wine country.” The Golan Heights Winery markets its wines under four leading brands – Yarden, Gamla, Mount Hermon and Golan. It is considered one of Israel’s leading wineries. Since its founding in 1983, Golan Heights has altered the way Israeli wines are perceived worldwide, and has firmly placed Israel on the world wine map.
We tasted these wines and have provided a description from the winemaker. We requested both affordable and splurge-worthy vintages for our samplings, and here are our favorites along with the vintners notes:
Mount Herman 2016- a refreshing fruity white medium dry white- fresh, vital and drinkable now. Pair with appetizers, poultry or fish.
Mount Herman Red $12.99- A wonderful medium body everyday table wine. Exhibits berries, cherries and nuances of Mediterranean herbs. Drink now, or enjoy witching 3 years. Pair with grilled meats, cheeses or vegetarian specialties.
Gilgal Syrah 2014 $16.99 Varietal in character with berry and plum notes and nuances of earth smoke and spice. Lovely with hearty meat meals. Should remain in excellent drinking condition for 5-7 years
Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 $34.99 A congratulations is due the winery for producing this exceptional red wine which just earned 91 points from Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Dry, Full bodied; Ready to drink now or can be aged for 10-15 years (Wow!) Pair it with beef, lamb or hearty meats.