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.
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Wild Carignan Reserve
Grape Varieties100% Carignan
DescriptionLocated in Israels Hefer Valley, the Recanati Winery is a showcase winemaking facility, equipped with the most innovative technology available today. Owned by Lenny Recanati, a native of Israel with ancestral roots stretching back to Italy, the winery is the fruit of Lennys life-long dream to produce truly world-class wines. Chief winemaker is Gil Shatsberg, a graduate of the U.C. Davis wine program. Formerly a winemaker at Israels Amphorae and Carmel wineries, Gil brings to Recanati proven expertise in his field, allied to a devotion to artistry and craftsmanship in winemaking. Recanati wines are certified kosher .
VinificationAfter hand harvesting in July 2009, the grapes are de-stemmed and fermented for 10 days at approximately 78°F. The wine is transferred to French and American oak barrels and matures for 9 months.
NoseIntense aromas of black cherry and plum
PalateRich and full-bodied with excellent acidity. Flavors of blackberries mingle with a touch of Mediterranean herbs.
AnalysisAlcohol: 13.5 %
Serving SuggestionsDelicious with grilled red meats and hearty stews. Serve slightly cooler than room temperature.