The Yarden Pinot Noir exhibits bright raspberry and cranberry fruit notes, along with characters of violets and hints of spice, all with a background of French oak. This elegant Pinot displays medium body and a satisfying finish. Although appealing upon release, the Yarden Pinot Noir will improve in the bottle over the next few years, and should stay in good drinking condition for about five to eight years from vintage. Great with a wide variety of dishes, the wine pairs nicely with Peking duck pancakes, seared tuna with mango salsa, or creamy mushroom risotto.
The Yarden Pinot Noir is produced entirely from Pinot Noir fruit grown in high-altitude vineyards located in the cool northern Golan Heights. The wine aged in mostly new French oak barrels for 16 months.
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.