Yarden Syrah 2005

Recommendation: Recommended as a buy

Winery/Producer: Golan Heights Winery, Israel

Grape Variety: Syrah

Geographic Origin: Central and northern Golan, Israel

Vintage: 2005

Price: $45.00

Purchased From: Itzik Hagadol Grill; Encino, California

Paired With: Lamb/veal kabobs, rice, a variety of meddle eastern side salads and warm Laffa bread


    He said: Very dark red color. Strong berry bouquet, robust yet very smooth taste of berries and chocolate with hints of oak, and a medium length finish that’s dry and earthy. Easy drinking and thick, this was a wonderful Syrah that complemented the lamb/veal kabobs perfectly. There’s probably not much of this vintage available; it’s worth a visit to the Itzik Hagadol Grill just for this outstanding wine!!! It’s a bargain at $45.

    She said: I first have to say, “Such a delicious syrah, fabulous!” From the first aromatic sniff to the last tasty finish this wine was distinctive. Full of flavor, dry, robust, smooth and balanced. I loved every taste. It cost $45. but good wines aren’t usually cheap.

    Comments: See the comments from our January 24, 2013 lunch at the Itzik Hagadol Grill.