The 2008 Yarden Pinot Noir is made entirely from Pinot Noir grapes, grown in the cool, high-altitude vineyards of Ein Zivan, Kela and Merom Golan, which are all located on Israel's northern Golan Heights. The wine is aged for 16 months in French oak barrels.
It is a medium bodied wine, with an "elegant" finish with bright raspberry, sour cherry and fresh floral characters.
While ready to drink now, the 2008 Yarden Pinot Noir will improve over the coming years and remain in good drinking condition for five to eight years from vintage. It is a nicely versatile wine when it comes to food, Yarden Pinot Noir goes great with anything from grilled salmon to savory wine-braised chicken to succulent roast beef.
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, 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.
Pair 2008 Yarden Pinot Noir with this KosherEye signature recipe for Mushroom Risotto.