The Yarden Merlot shows off a complex array of characters including blackberry and plum fruit, orange zest and fresh herbs AND hints of cocoa, nutmeg, oak and violets. This is a full bodied example of Merlot.
The Yarden Merlot is ready to enjoy yet will continue to improve with a few more years of bottle aging and should stay in good drinking condition for up to about a decade from the vintage. With Yarden Merlot, we like to eat foods that bring out the bit of spice and fresh herb character in the wine. Try making a spice rub with ground cumin, coriander, fennel seed and celery seed along with smoked Spanish paprika, English mustard powder and a bit of coarse sea salt. Massage this into a rack of spring lamb asado short ribs and roast slowly until the meat almost falls off the bone. Enjoy!