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A world-class winery, regularly producing excellent wines.

Rogov's Guide to Israeli Wines
November 2011

A world-class winery, regularly producing excellent wines.

Rogov's Guide to Israeli Wines
November 2011

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with a small percentage of Petite Sirah and Syrah, this is earthy and gamey, the cinnamon and clove notes pointing it towards lamb shawarma for dinner.

Wine & Spirits
August 2014

The 2005 Special Reserve is the pick of this litter from Recanati, which in these releases seems to have advanced in its winemaking. This is a blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot, aged in French oak. Like the "Reserves" reviewed in this issue, it is a wine with some power and intensity, but it is more elegant, more finely crafted, and it evolved beautifully. Is the best wine I have had from Recanati, silky, intense and graceful, despite the power on the finish.

Wine Advocate
February 2010

The 2004 Special Reserve is 92% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot. This is a beautifully constructed wine, showing tannic pop and steely earthiness, but it does still have a significant green streak. Although that has calmed with age, it is obvious enough so that if the wine were served blind I might?ve guessed it was Cabernet Franc. The focus and bright acidity, though, would make it a lovely food wine ? and the right matchup will blend with the flavor medley, too, and mute that aspect of it...it has a nice, juicy finish that I liked more and more. Overall, I rather liked how this has developed. I haven?t changed my opinion of its limitations, but its structure is quite admirable and it should drink very well in the right circumstances. It should easily hold a few more years, but let?s be conservative and see if the fruit keeps pace with the structure. Drink now-2016.

Wine Advocate
April 2013

The 2013 Special Reserve red is a blend of 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Syrah, 21% Carignan, 19% Marselan and 5% Petite Sirah; aged for 18 months in new French barriques. It comes in at 14.3% alcohol. This might not be as attention-getting as in some years, but it shows beautifully, crisp and often seductive. It grew on me steadily while it was open. The initial softness is cut by the underlying freshness, and some earthiness in the background (the Syrah asserting itself?) cuts the initial, straightforward presentation. Restrained, just a bit understated and beautifully balanced, this drinks moderately well now, but it can still improve with cellaring. It should make a great food wine, easy to drink, possessed of a rather fresh feel and not a hair out of place. It may yet be entitled to an uptick.

Wine Advocate
April 2016

The 2014 Special Reserve white is a 60/40 blend of Roussanne and Marsanne, aged for six months in French barriques (30% new, the rest used). It comes in at 12.5% alcohol. This started to show well when it hit mid-50 degrees Fahrenheit. At that point, it had a touch of mushrooms and velvety texture. The mushrooms and earth gave way to fine fruit with a rich, lush feel. Then, it added some tension and grip on the finish. There's a lot going on here, but in terms of concentration and structure, it seems rather superlative this year. It finishes with flavor, tinged with a touch of metal. It will be interesting to see how this ages, but there is no harm drinking it now. It can still improve. We'll take the aging curve in stages.

Wine Advocate
April 2016

The 2005 Special Reserve is revisited this issue as part of our retrospective. Still beautiful and having acquired some complexity along the way, this intense Special Reserve has a serious backbone, but more concentration and lushness than the regular Reserves (the 2006s were also reviewed this issue). Still a bit tight, this is acquiring some complexity now. It is very impressive on opening, even exciting. It is a wine that will certainly make some think it is a Bordeaux in a blind tasting. That said, it did develop a bit of funk that constrained my enthusiasm just a bit. It has still held well. Approachable now, it may not quite be at peak and it has plenty of life left, easily deserving an extension of the drinking window.

Wine Advocate
April 2016

With 19 months spent in French oak, this is a big and powerful Cab based wine (with 18% Merlot) that has the drive and stuffing to hold nicely through 2015. Black fruit dominates with supporting notes of licorice, fruit cake, coffee and Asian spice. The velvety texture and firm structure make this an ideal choice for pairing with hearty meat entrees.

Wine Enthusiast
April 2011

Gentle aromas of citrus, thistle and marshmallow root yield to flavors of lemon curd and zest, marshmallow root, pineapple and a touch of laurel. A comfortable layer of tannins offers good mouthfeel, and the finish is zesty and refreshing, with a sophisticated savory note.

Wine Enthusiast
April 2014

Deep red-violet to the eye, this wine has a well-defined nose of blueberry pie and flint. There is a good mix of tart fruit and spice, with flavors of blueberry, cranberry, black pepper, anise and smoked meat cavorting amidst very soft tannins. The smooth finish is characterized by flavors of smoke and orange zest.

Wine Enthusiast
September 2015

Aromas of melon and barley lead to flavors of white peach, almond blossom and jasmine in this Rh?ne-style blend. A touch creamy with full mouthfeel, this wine is a delight through the bright finish, which offers a glimpse of pink grapefruit. Kosher.

Wine Enthusiast
September 2015

Violet-red in the glass, this wine has fragrances of watermelon and black cherry. Tannins come on strong at first but are undercut by astringent notes of cranberry alongside flavors of cherry, pomegranate, vanilla and French toast.

Wine Enthusiast
September 2015

A nose of black cherry, violet and vanilla paves the way for a grown up melange of fruit and savory flavors that include raspberry, cassis, brambles and smoked meat. Long-lasting tannins coat the palate through a finish marked by notes of berries and smoke.

Wine Enthusiast
April 2016

Juicy and rich, with lots of red plum and raspberry flavors that feature fresh acidity. Licorice notes show midpalate, presenting a finish that has accents of milk chocolate and paprika. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Marselan and Carignan. Kosher. Drink now through 2019. 1,900 cases made.  –KM

Wine Spectator
September 30, 2016

This deeply-colored wine has a bouquet of cherry, pomegranate and white chocolate. It has flavors of black cherry jam, anise, mocha and a touch of orange peel. Mouth-coating tannins provide a matrix for an interesting touch of spiciness that gives way to a final taste of pomegranate. Kosher. 

Wine Enthusiast
October 2016

The 2014 Special Reserve red, set for release in September, is a blend of 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Syrah, 17% Petite Sirah, 13% Carignan and 10% Marselan, aged for 18 months in new French oak. It comes in at 14% alcohol. Of all of Recanati's wines, this is the one I expect to demonstrate, usually, the most upside potential. I'm not completely positive about this year, though. If anything, it is a bit too straightforward for the level, although the tannins are there. It has the most depth and power of the group, but not by a whole lot, while it generally lacks the brightness and personality of the Marselan and Carignan. Overall, this is still pretty good—so don't misunderstand—but it does need to show me a bit more in the cellar, acquiring some complexity and harmony as it goes along, to justify an uptick. At the moment, I'd probably pick the Carignan among the current releases as my favorite.

Wine Advocate
June 30, 2017

Juicy and rich, with lots of red plum and raspberry flavors that feature fresh acidity. Licorice notes show midpalate, presenting a finish that has accents of milk chocolate and paprika. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Marselan and Carignan. 

Wine Spectator
September 30, 2016
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