Winery Notes: The Argaman variety, which was developed at the Volcani Institute in Israel, produces wines with deep purple color, and pronounced fresh fruit aroma. The Argaman is a strong growing, vigorous variety. It has been used mainly to improve the color of inexpensive table wines. For several years, Barkan has been learning how to produce wines from Argaman which are not only dark and robust, but with fresh wild berry aroma as well. The Merlot Argaman is a robust wine with depth, body and tannins, a combination of the character of Argaman and of Merlot. The wine is uniquely Israeli and goes well a Mediterranean cuisine.