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Listed on the label as coming from Kerem Ba?al (an unwatered vineyard) and a as a ?wild? wine, that is referring to the grapes being raised as bush vines, showing even better than at an earlier barrel tasting. The first varietal Carignan release from the winery, made from old vines with a naturally low yield, showing full-bodied and distinctly royal purple, its once chunky tannins now softened nicely. On the nose unmistakable aromas of raspberries and spices, and in the glass opening to reveal a generous array of blackcurrant an black berry fruits, those supported by notes of spicy oak, licorice, pepper and tobacco. Powerful but oh so gentle on the palate, with hints of mesquite and a note of fresh acidity livening up the generous finish. Perhaps at its very best with entrecote, T-bone or porterhouse steaks. If I were to rate this wine entirely on a hedonistic basis, it would earn a score of 96-97 for the sheer pleasure it gives. Rating it in a more standard mannner.

Rogov's Guide to Israeli Wines
March 2012

Whether I simply underrated it when I saw it early on or the time in the bottle has really helped, this seems like a vastly improved wine over the bottle that I first saw. A year or so to settle down has done wonders for it. It has absorbed much of the oaky nuance I originally questioned. It has fleshed out, too. It shows more intensity and lingers appealingly, with some crisp and gamey nuances around the edges. While it is not a fleshy wine, its crispness still being a dominant feature, it is a persistent and focused one. This is very Rhone-styled wine and it is rather impressive.

Wine Advocate
March 2012

The 2014 Wild Carignan Reserve was aged for eight months in French barriques (60% new, the rest used). It comes in at just 13.3% alcohol. Elegant in the mid-palate, tight on the finish and rather crisp, this has underlying hints of earth and a touch of smoke. The initial caressing texture is cut quickly by acidity and tannins. This really could use a couple of years to settle down. It is all about the potential just now, but it looks like a beauty. It does need to have that smoke blow off. It's worth leaning up just now. For one thing, every time I'm conservative and lean down, this bottling fools me. They never seem to show really well on release. Give it a year or two in the cellar.

Wine Advocate
April 2016

A bouquet of cherry, blueberry and vanilla prepares the tastebuds for flavors of blueberry, strawberry, fennel bulb and white chocolate. There is a nice play on the palate between bright acidity and chewy tannins, and the delightful finish is like a mouthful of blueberry pie with a sprinkling of pomegranate seeds. Kosher.

Wine Enthusiast
September 2015

Very minerally and sinewy, with well-defined currant, dried raspberry and plum flavors that show interesting graphite notes. Pure-tasting, with a brambly finish that is well-structured and alluring, with some savory herbal shadings.

Wine Spectator
September 2012

Dark red-violet in color, this wine has aromas of black plum, fig, chocolate and mint. Flavors of blackberry, cherry, black fig, eucalyptus and anise coalesce on the palate. Tannins are strong, but fruit and brightness hold their own. Touches of cranberry join the show just prior to the lingering finish. Kosher. 

Wine Enthusiast
October 2016

A minerally and pure red, with brambly notes to the raspberry, cherry tart and red currant flavors. Pastry details linger on the spicy, fresh finish, accented by white pepper hints. Kosher. Drink now through 2019.

Wine Spectator
2016

The 2015 Wild Carignan Reserve was aged for eight months in 50% new French barriques and comes in at 14% alcohol. This has quickly become one of my favorites in Recanati's lineup for its freshness, sunny demeanor and character. Showing mid-palate finesse, it nonetheless has more weight than the Marselan this issue, fine focus and an earthy conclusion. Very Burgundian, this is all about that finesse, but there is plenty of flavor, too, some dark plums and baked cherries to go with the earth. There is a backbone, too, and the texture is rather sexy, pure velvet at the moment. Like pretty much all of Recanati's releases, this has a refined and sophisticated feel to it. This is set for release in January 2018. It should be very approachable by then.

Wine Advocate
June 30, 2017
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