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. Yarden Merlot was produced from Merlot grapes grown in the Golan Heights. The ccol climate, rocky volcanic soil and high altitude are ideal conditions for growing classic wine grape varieties. Aged 18 months in French oak barrels. Orange zest and berry characters present in the wine with a layer of rich oak and vanilla.