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Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon El Rom Vineyard 2011

The Wine

The 2011 Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon El Rom Vineyard displays aromatic characters of ripe red and black fruits, layered with hints of earth and herb. Full-bodied and full of vitality, this age-worthy wine is densely flavored with a long and lingering finish. The 2011 is a classic example of this single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon.

Though appealing now, the 2011 Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon El Rom Vineyard is best enjoyed after a few years in the bottle, and should remain in great drinking condition for a decade and beyond. Try pairing the wine with roast prime rib, beef tenderloin with mushrooms, or pasta served with a rich ragù.

The Vintage

2011 was our coolest and wettest vintage since 1997, with 130% average annual rainfall. The chilly spring prevented excess vine growth that could have resulted from the wet soils. Harvest began about two weeks late, with a cool October resulting in over 25% of our fruit still unharvested by the end of the month. After waiting out the rains of early November, we brought in the remainder of the fruit by mid-month, literally minutes before a six-day rain system hit. The season’s cool temperatures led to average yields and very nice quality wines.

The 2011 Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon El Rom Vineyard is produced exclusively from fruit grown in the El Rom Vineyard, located in the northern Golan Heights at elevations between 1,000-1,100 meters (3,300-3,600 feet). The Cabernet in this vineyard was first planted in 1983. The 2011 Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon El Rom Vineyard aged for 18 months in French oak barrels, helping the wine fully express its character.

The Analyses

% Alc (v/v)                               15.0

TA (g/l)                                    6.0

pH                                           3.66

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. Golan Heights Winery is located in the town of Katzrin in the central Golan.