El Rom Vineyard Yarden – Cabernet Sauvignon – 2003

El Rom Vineyard Yarden – Cabernet Sauvignon – 2003


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The Wine

The aromatic and complex 2003 Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon El Rom Vineyard offers up a rich mélange of attributes. Fresh cherry and berry notes are layered with hints of cassis, earth, cocoa and hints of potpourri. Nuances of fresh herbs provide an organoleptic backdrop, completing the sensory picture. The wine combines elegance of body with good concentration and a lingering finish.

The 2003Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon El RomVineyard is enjoyable now.

That said, based on past performance, the wine will continue to improve over the next five to eight years or so and stay in good drinking condition for 15 plus years from the vintage. We enjoy this wine along with festive occasions, with a good meal that might include the likes of prime rib, slowly roasted over wood coals, or Beef Wellington or saddle of spring lamb

The Vintage

A cold and wet winter, with precipitation about one third higher than normal, preceded a cool March and April. After a warm May, moderate temperatures set in for the remainder of the 2003 season. Unusually stable temperature and weather patterns resulted in our longest ever vintage of 17 weeks. The optimum conditions and relaxed harvest pace allowed the harvesting of each vineyard block at its peak of ripeness and flavor.

The 2003 Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon El Rom Vineyard was produced
from three blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon within the vineyard. The ten acre
area was planted between 1983 and 1985. The vineyard sits at 1.100 meters
(3,600 feet) above sea level, resulting in quite a cool location. For this reason,
getting the canopy very open to maximize sunlight exposure to the grape clusters
is critical. If the fruit is even a little bit too shaded, aggressive herbaceous characters can dominate. The soil is relatively deep in this site, resulting in fairly vigorous growth, especially in years with late spring rains.

The grapes were harvested in the upper block on October 19 and in the bottom two blocks on November 9. The wine aged for eighteen months in small French oak barrels, approximately 70% of them new.

The Analyses

Brix at Harvest 25.5 % Alc (v/v) 14.0 TA (g/l) 6.3 pH 3.55 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.The Golan Heights Winery is located in the town of Katzrin, in the central Golan.



This wine counts among GHW’s top wines along with the Katzrin and the ROM. Whereas the 2001 was a Bordeaux-style old world kinda wine, the 2003 is a classic high-end new CabSav and it has matured quite nicely. Aged for 18 months in French oak barrels. Deep inky purple in color, with on the nose ripe blueberries, cassis, pomegranate, roasted herbs and sweet cedar. Full-bodied with layers of rich, ripe blue and black forest fruits, Mediterranean herbs, licorice, pipe tobacco, spicy vanilla and dark chocolate with well balancing, medium-plus acidity and soft, integrated and near-sweet tannins lingering long on the finish. Delicious. Drink now! 14% Abv. 91-92


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