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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
The 2006 Yarden Merlot displays ripe red and black fruit characters with hints of orange zest, fresh herbs and warm spices. This aromatic and complex wine boasts good flavor concentration and length.
While enjoyable now, the 2006 Yarden Merlot will continue to improve in the bottle for a number of years, and will remain in good drinking condition for up to a decade from harvest. Give it a try with a variety of beef dishes such as a rib-eye steak in a red wine or mushroom sauce, Beef Stroganoff or Beef Bourguignon.
"The 2006 MERLOT (YARDEN) clocks in at 15%, but it seems to handle it quite well. Those looking at the price tags on the single vineyard Merlots reviewed this issue, might find some solace here, and in fact this might be the most complete wine of the group, free of flaws and nicely balanced. This is a beautifully constructed wine, focused, pointed and with a serious backbone. It does seem very new world, the oak a little too prominent (it spent 14 months in French oak, only 40% new), which constrained my enthusiasm a little. Yet it is hard to dislike this beautifully constructed wine. If the style is to your liking, you've got yourself a serious bargain here and you should stock up. I’m betting that it will age fairly well if well stored and handled. This 2006 is the current release on the shelves; the importer advises that the '07 will not be available until sometime next year in the USA. Drink now-2016."
The Wine Advocate
The premier label and flagship brand of Golan Heights Winery. Each year the finest grapes from the best vineyards are reserved for Yarden wines. Yarden is the Hebrew for Jordan River, which bisects the Golan Heights from the Galilee. The label features a symbol of ancient Israel: an oil lamp decorated with mosaic tile.
Quite possibly the region that wine was first drunk (or close to the region), Israel is not on the top of most
lists for best wine regions. In fact, the conditions in the country are perfect for growing grapes, but reasons
such as money, inexperience and apathy have kept the area from becoming a world-wide wine region. That said,
Israel makes some top-notch...Read More About Israel
No second fiddle
Merlot is coming back into its own. High popularity led to mass production, which then led to a backlash towards the variety (remember Miles in Sideways?). But passionate Merlot producers, and of course the right bank of Bordeaux, continued to produce quality versions of this grape. Merlot remains the principle grape of top chateaux in St...Read More About Merlot
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