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