The 2013 Yarden Rom features ripe black cherry and plum fruit characters, layered with attractive notes of earth, smoke, orange rind, fresh herb, chocolate, coffee and spice. This complex, flavorful yet elegant blended wine displays a full body and a lingering finish.
Though extremely enjoyable upon release, Yarden Rom will continue to improve in the bottle over the next few years, and will remain in outstanding drinking condition for a decade or more from vintage. We love serving the wine at a festive meal paired with richly flavored meat dishes such as herb-crusted roast leg of lamb, braised beef short ribs, or perfectly grilled rib eye steaks.
The early, wet winter preceding the 2013 harvest was followed by a warmish spring. While it looked like we were heading for an early vintage, the cool months of June and July led to the harvest starting about one week later than normal. The remainder of the season continued on the cool side. A wonderful feature of this growing period was a distinct lack of extreme weather, either hot or cold. The result was beautiful ripening, with harvest finishing exactly on time at the end of October. All in all, this was a great season with great wines.
The 2013 Yarden Rom is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Syrah and 20% Merlot, with all fruit harvested from our best vineyards on the Golan Heights. The wine was bottled without filtration after aging for 18 months in French oak barrels.
Yarden Rom is a joint undertaking of Zelma Long, the internationally acclaimed winemaker, and Victor Schoenfeld, Head Winemaker of Golan Heights Winery. Starting in 2002, they partnered on a project studying specific vineyard blocks with the objective of continuously improving wine quality. A natural extension of those efforts, Yarden Rom granted Zelma and Victor the opportunity to produce together a finished wine that reflects the quality of both their working relationship and the Golan Heights winegrowing region. The 2013 Yarden Rom marks the fifth release of the wine since its debut in 2006.
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. Golan Heights Winery is located in the town of Katzrin in the central Golan.