Golan Heights Winery Mount Hermon Red 2017

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Tasting Notes

The nose offers aromas of sweet vanilla and toast, and red cherry-berry fruit. The palate echoes the fruit, with red and black raspberries as well as light touches of herbs, spice, earth, and chocolate. The wine has a charming lightness and brightness, medium in body and length.


Located in Galilee, the northernmost and best wine region in Israel, the Golan Heights Winery was founded by eight co-operative communities (four kibbutzim, four moshavim) in 1983. Its 630 hectares of vines grow on a volcanic plateau 400-1200 meters above sea level. Due to the altitude, the growing season is marked by large diurnal temperature differentials. The region’s hot days are sunny and windy; nights are cool; there is snow in winter. Plantings are divided into 430 blocks, each harvested and vinified separately. Vineyards are certified sustainable under the Lodi Rules convention, and 50% of the power is solar-generated. Golan Heights Winery has a large scientific nursery, instituted because there is a problem with viruses in Israeli vineyards. IT also has the largest and oldest organic vineyard in the country. The winery is located in the town of Katzrin in central Golan and produces four brands: Mount Hermon, Gilgal, Golan, and Yarden.


The 2017 vintage saw an unusually cold and wet December, but overall winter precipitation was 82% of normal. Spring had average temperatures, July was hot, but August returned to normal. It was a short 11-week growing season. This wine was fermented in temperature controlled steel tanks, went through malo, and was bottled unfiltered. It is a blend of the five classic Bordeaux varieties.

Food Pairing Suggestions

Cheese, Chicken/Turkey, Duck, Mushrooms, Pork, Red Meat, Roasted Root Vegetables, Vegetables

Grape Varietal:
Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec
$14.00 each