Golan Heights – Some wines get better with time and are a good bet for a great wine experience, even for this coming Passover. The bottom line is that even if the label features a year that has already passed, the chances are that it is better. The 2011 Yarden Katzrin is one such example. The wine reveals ripe red and black fruit notes intermingled with a rich array of characters including fresh herbs, roasted coffee, aniseed and earth. This deeply colored, full-bodied wine is rich and complex, and displays great length. Imagine that the company is advising that as good as the wine is today, it will be even better a decade or more from now. “While tempting to uncork now, the wine will continue to improve in the bottle in the coming years, and should remain in excellent drinking condition for some 15-20 years from harvest.” Recommended for special occasions. Yarden Katzrin goes wonderfully with rich dishes such as a standing rib roast, grilled free-range veal chops, or lamb shanks braised with Moroccan spices. 2011 was Yarden’s coolest and wettest vintage since 1997, with 130% average annual rainfall. The chilly spring prevented excess vine growth that could have resulted from the wet soils. Harvest began about two weeks late, with a cool October resulting in over 25% of our fruit still unharvested by the end of the month. After waiting out the rains of early November, we brought in the remainder of the fruit by mid-month, literally minutes before a six-day rain system hit. The season’s cool temperatures led to average yields and very nice quality wines. The 2011 Yarden Katzrin was bottled without filtration in May 2014.