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The 2013 Gamla Cabernet Sauvignon presents attractive cherry and plum fruit notes, rounded out by hints of fresh herbs, earth and pipe tobacco. This classic Cabernet exhibits good flavor concentration and full body.
Although ready to drink now, Gamla Cabernet should improve in the bottle in the coming few years, and will age nicely for some six to eight years from harvest. Enjoy the wine with a beef rib roast, braised lamb shanks, or grilled mushroom skewers.
The early, wet winter preceding the 2013 harvest was followed by a warmish spring. While it looked like we were heading for an early vintage, the cool months of June and July led to the harvest starting about one week later than normal. The remainder of the season continued on the cool side. A wonderful feature of this growing period was a distinct lack of extreme weather, either hot or cold. The result was beautiful ripening, with harvest finishing exactly on time at the end of October. All in all, this was a great season with great wines.
The 2013 Gamla Cabernet is produced primarily from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes grown in our vineyards on the cool Golan Heights, with a portion of fruit grown in our one vineyard in the Upper Galilee. The wine aged in French oak barrels for 12 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.