Wine Advocate 91 points - The 2009 Wild Carignan Reserve shows this drinking about as well as I thought it would at this stage. It has come together well. A bit sharp on the finish initially, it has a lovely mouth-feel and silky texture. The high acid comes through and it finishes with a lively burst. The tannins emerge with an hour of air and become rather gripping as well. The gamey nuances in the background give it a lot of character, adding a little forest floor, earth and herbs, although neither those aspects nor the high acidity will be everyone’s first choice. There is a shrill edge here early on, but I loved how this developed, too, becoming more complex, intense and focused with the acidity lacing the fruit into the palate. Overall, this isn’t the fruitiest or most concentrated in the mid-palate of this vertical, but it shows beautifully. It is an expressive early effort that should continue to drink well for several years and can still improve if stored well. The acidity should help preserve it, Remember that these are food wines, not sweet and fleshy modern stuff. They will do much better with the right food matchup than on their own. There were 5,990 bottles produced. Drink now-2022. . (Apr 2014)
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This wine was produced from dry-farmed vines on the slopes of the Judea hills, where the constant search for water causes the roots to penetrate deep into the mineral subsoil.
The vines are ”head trained” (Gobelet), giving them an ancient, wild appearance.
The wine was minimally filtered, and is brought to you as is; true, natural wine from Israel .
Wine maker notes
After careful 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 where it matures for 9 months. This wine was bottled on July 14, 2010.
Delicious with grilled red meats and hearty stews. Serve slightly cooler than room temperature.
The Recanati Winery was founded in 2000 by a group of wine lovers led by Lenny Recanati. Their goal was to create a new winery for the production of quality Israeli wines at reasonable consumer prices.
The Winery established its home in the Hefer Valley and is furnished with state-of the-art wine-making equipment.
The most important requirement in the production of quality wines is always the quality of the grapes. Dr. Pini Sarig, an international vine growing expert, was instrumental in assisting the winery in locating excellent vineyards as well as plots of land with vine-growing potential, where new vineyards were planted. Most of the vineyards from which the winery receives it grapes are in the Manara and Kerem Ben-Zimra regions in the Upper Galilee, a high region with an ideal climate for the cultivation of quality wine grapes. Additional growing areas are the Ella Valley and the Lower Galilee, which have a warmer climate that is conducive to producing the different grape varieties that provide additional nuances to our wines.
Most of our red wines are made from the noble Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot varieties. However, the winery is involved in cultivating and assimilating additional varieties that have great potential, such as Cabernet Franc, Shiraz and Syrah, Barbera, Zinfandel and Petite Syrah. Our white wines are produced with Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, French colombard and Emerald Riesling
Our winemaking process is leaded by our head winemaker, Gil Shatsberg, a graduate of the Viticulture and Enology Program at the Davis University of California. Shatsberg accumulated vast experience while working in California and Israel. He had become Recanati’s Head winemaker on January 2008, replacing Lewis Pasco and continuing his goal - making the best out of the fabulous Mediterranean terroir Recanati winery has in hands.
Shatsberg is known to the Israeli wine lover’s public as the winemaker and founder of ”Amphorae”, one of Israel’s best boutique winery.
His deeply ingrained sense of commitment to realizing the full inherent potential of the grapes is a significant contributing factor in the success of our wines.
Our winemaking team includes a second winemaker, Ido Lewinsohn, a graduate of the Viticulture and Enology Program at the University of Milan. Prior to his arrival to our winery, Lewinsohn has worked in different wineries in Australia, France and Italy, among them the prestigious ”Sassicaia” in Tuscany.
Recanati wines are marketed in leading wine stores and restaurants. New export markets have been developed, and Recanati exports its quality wines to ever growing markets in the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan and Western Europe.
The winery looks back on its achievements in its initial years with great pride and sense of satisfaction, yet does not rest on its laurels and continues to cultivate new vineyards, invest in research in agricultural and enology and, most importantly, to produce wines with enormous love, while continually striving to enhance its products.
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