Gamla Cabernet Sauvignon layers ripe berry and bright cherry notes with hints of herbs and black pepper. These characters are nicely balanced with a backbone of rich oak. The wines full and firm body leads into a long, round finish. The wine will continue to improve over the next couple of years and will drink well for 6-8 years, or so. We find that strongly-flavored foods match Gamla Cabernet particularly well, such as spice-rubbed grilled steak, Moroccan lamb tajine or risotto.
This Cabernet blend also contains Merlot and Cabernet Franc to round it out. Most of the fruit comes from the central Golan, the area that consistently produces outstanding reds. Gamla Cabernet Sauvignon ages for a year in small, mostly French, oak barrels.
|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. The Golan Heights Winery is located in the town of Katzrin, in the central Golan.