Golan Heights Winery Yarden Merlot 2017, Israel


It’s time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.

This 4 year old Israeli Merlot is still young, but already enjoyable.

Full bodied with medium plus acidity. Dry on the palate and fruit forward.

Showing black plums, cooked cherries, cedar, vanilla, espresso, alcohol, spices, dark chocolates, peppercorn and tobacco.

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly, so be patient.

I’ve had this Merlot a few times before, and this vintage is my least favorite. A little disappointing, but might just be in its dumb phase.

Rich and spicy. Tangy and interesting. A little hot at this point, and will calm down in a few years.

Good by itself once it opens up, and good with food. I paired it with BBQ Meats.

Aged for 18 months in oak barrels (40% new). Kosher. Not Mevushal.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$33.

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