Have you had Israeli wine before? A few years back, several producers came to the US and I was overwhelmed by how delicious all the wines were. I was happy to just make the tail end of Victor Schoenfeld’s visit to NYC. He is cheif winemaker for the Golan Heights winery in the Golan Heights.
Now this is a relatively new region producing quality wines, among them Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and "Yarden Rom" which is a blend of Syrah, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot (percentages depending on the vintage), aged in French oak barrels for roughly 21 months and bottled without filtration. The 2006 is sold in a limkited edition of 6000 bottles and sells for $160 — quality well worth it.
These were excellent wines … very balanced, plus, and delicius.