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Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon 1998 (Full Bodied Red) - Israel

THE WINE The 1998 Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon is complex and deep, layering ripe cherry, blackberry and plum notes with oak, vanilla, cocoa and hints of earthiness. The wine is full-bodied with rich, yet smooth, tannins. Its long, attractive finish concludes with a hint of spice. While delicious now, Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon continues to improve in the bottle for years, and should make for excellent drinking for 10-15 years following the harvest. We enjoy Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon in the framework of a great meal. The wine can enhance many foods, from a festive roast rack of lamb to a hearty Beef Bourguignon.

THE VINTAGE The 1999 season followed an exceptionally dry and relatively warm winter resulting in a harvest beginning two weeks earlier than normal, at the very end of July. Moderate summer and fall temperatures stretched out the vintage to fifteen weeks, finishing on November 4 with Cabernet Sauvignon in the northern Golan. The relaxed pace enabled picking each vineyard block at its optimum. Low-density vine canopies and a lower-than-average crop yielded exceptional color and flavor development. The 1999 Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon is made from several vineyards in the Central and Northern Golan Heights and one vineyard in the Northern Galilee. These vineyards consistently produce outstanding Cabernet fruit. Cabernet Sauvignon makes up the vast majority of the blend at 95%. 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Merlot add to the overall complexity of the wine. The wine aged for eighteen months in small oak barrels. Of these, 40% were new and 90% French oak.

THE ANALYSES Brix at Harvest 24/5, % Alc (v/v) 13.5, TA (g/l) 6/1, PH 3.57, RS DRY

THE APPELLATION The Galilee (or Galil) is the most northern, and generally considered the best, appellation in Israel. The highest quality area within the appellation is the Golan Heights (or simply the Golan), the coldest region in Israel. The vineyards on this volcanic plateau rise from 400 meters (1,300 feet) above sea level to 1,200 meters (3,900 feet) and receive snowfall in the winter. The Golan Heights Winery is located in the town of Katzrin, in the central Golan.

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Yarden Merlot 1999 (Full Bodied Red) - Israel

THE WINE The 2000 Yarden Merlot shows great personality, combining ripe berry and cherry notes with jam, spice, chocolate and nuances of orange peel. These characters are highlighted with a background of rich oak and vanilla. This Merlot is full-bodied, complex and delivers a long, tasty finish. Yarden Merlot drinks well now, but will continue to improve with a few years of age. This wine should stay in good shape for up to a decade if stored in good conditions. We enjoy Yarden Merlot with bold flavors such as moussaka, grilled spicy lamb sausages, or a perfectly cooked rack of lamb roasted over a bed of fresh rosemary.

THE VINTAGE Between the record-breaking temperatures of July and the record-breaking rains of the last week of October, the 2000 harvest proved a high quality vintage. The fruit came in very evenly over the relatively short eleven-week harvest, starting with Muscat Canelli in the southern Golan and ending with Merlot in the North. Good fruit exposure and lower than average yields combined to give fruit with exceptional flavor. The 2000 Yarden Merlot is made from Merlot grown in the central-northern Golan Heights, mostly from the vineyards Ortal, Yonaton, Allone Habashan and Shaal. The blend also contains a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon. Bottling followed fourteen months of aging in small, mostly French, oak barrels.

THE ANAYLSES Brix at Harvest 24.8, % Alc (v/v) 14.0, TA (g/l) 6.3, PH 3.57, RS DRY

THE APPELLATION The Galilee (or Galil) is the most northern, and generally considered the best, appellation in Israel. The highest quality area within the appellation is the Golan Heights (or simply the Golan), the coldest region in Israel. The vineyards on this volcanic plateau rise from 400 meters (1,300 feet) above sea level to 1,200 meters (3,900 feet) and receive snowfall in the winter. The Golan Heights Winery is located in the town of Katzrin, in the central Golan.

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Golan Cabernet Sauvignon 2000 (Fruity Robust Red) - Israel

THE WINE The 2001 Golan Cabernet Sauvignon offers ripe berry and plum fruit notes rounded out with rich vanilla, spice and oak. This aromatic, medium-bodied wine finishes off with loads of fruit. The 2001 Golan Cabernet Sauvignon is immediately approachable but will age well over the next five years or so. We recommend drinking it with boldly-flavored foods, such as spice-rubbed well-marbled grilled steak or eggplant parmesan made with plenty of fresh herbs.

THE VINTAGE An unusually warm winter and spring in 2001 caused the Golan`s earliest-ever start of harvest, which began three weeks prior to normal. Slightly cooler-than-average summer temperatures then stretched the vintage out to a long fourteen weeks. A heavy May rain fell during flowering, causing a 20% reduction in yields. This lower crop, combined with unusually small berry and cluster sizes, produced fruit with great intensity of flavor and color. The 2001 Golan Cabernet Sauvignon is 100% varietal. The fruit comes from several vineyards in the central Golan Heights. The wine aged for six months in American oak barrels.

THE ANALYSES Brix at Harvest 24.3, % Alc (v/v) 13.5, TA (g/l) 6.1, PH 3.55, RS DRY

THE APPELLATION The Galilee (or Galil) is the most northern, and generally considered the best, appellation in Israel. The highest quality area within the appellation is the Golan Heights (or simply the Golan), the coldest region in Israel. The vineyards on this volcanic plateau rise from 400 meters (1,300 feet) above sea level to 1,200 meters (3,900 feet) and receive snowfall in the winter. The Golan Heights Winery is located in the town of Katzrin, in the central Golan.

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Yarden Mt. Hermon 2001 (Sauvignon Merlot Red) - Israel

THE WINE The aromatic 2001 Yarden Mount Hermon Red puts an emphasis on fresh red fruits, such as raspberries and cherries, but includes hints of fresh herbs and black pepper. The flavorful medium body has firm structure with a satisfying finish. Though immediately pleasurable, one can readily enjoy Mount Hermon Red over three years from the harvest. We like Mount Hermon Red whenever we suddenly yearn for a glass of red wine and enjoy drinking it with a wide variety of foods, such as tapas, pastas and grilled meats.

THE VINTAGE Except for an unusually warm February and March, cooler-than-average temperatures dominated the season leading up to the 2002 vintage. The weather caused a protracted season and resulted in a long fifteen week harvest. Picking successfully concluded with Sangiovese from the northern Golan at the end of October. May rains during flowering and two spring heat waves reduced yields by about 20%. The low yields and long hang-time combined to produce wines of very good quality. The 2002 Mount Hermon Red is a blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Most of the fruit came from the central Golan vineyards Yonatan, Tel Phares, Allone Habashan, Kidmat Zvi and the northern Golan vineyard Ortal. The wine completed malolactic fermentation and was not sterile-filtered at bottling.

THE ANALYSES Brix at Harvest 25.3, % Alc (v/v) 14, TA (g/l) 5.7, PH 3.63, RS DRY

THE APPELLATION The Galilee (or Galil) is the most northern, and generally considered the best, appellation in Israel. The highest quality area within the appellation is the Golan Heights (or simply the Golan), the coldest region in Israel. The vineyards on this volcanic plateau rise from 400 meters (1,300 feet) above sea level to 1,200 meters (3,900 feet) and receive snowfall in the winter. The Golan Heights Winery is located in the town of Katzrin, in the central Golan.

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