Wine Advocate 89 points - The 2010 SPECIAL RESERVE white comes with a hefty price tag; scarcity is likely the key reason as there were only 350 cases produced. It is a blend of 50% Chardonnay, 25% Viognier and 25% Sauvignon Blanc, aged for 8 months in barrel. Showing a bit of barrel at its young age, including some astringency on the finish early on, it also features juicy fruit, some spice and a flavor profile from the blend that I grew to like a lot as it aired out and evolved, showing some grip on the finish. Aromatic and quite tasty, this is refreshing and easy to warm up to, if rather pricey for what it is. Drink now-2014. Recanati’s Reserve level wines have always offered some value for the region. With the debut of the 2009s, the winery has added some structure and a little more gravitas as well, making this a very nice lineup for a region that tends to be short on values—but note that, due to their small production, some of the most interesting reserves now show some significant price spikes, taking them well out of the value range and into Recanati’s “special reserve” top of the line pricing. That said, 2009 easily looks like Recanati’s best vintage yet.” (Feb 2012)
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Sourced from vines grown on terra rosa and volcanic soil, 2500 feet above sea level. Vertical shoot positioning trained vines grow with little irrigation. Yields are very low after cluster thinning.
Wine maker notes
After careful hand harvesting in August, grapes are brought cold to the winery where they are gently pressed as whole clusters to preserve maximum levels of aroma and flavor. Only free-run juice is used. The juice begins fermentation in stainless steel tanks at 57 degrees Fahrenheit and completes fermentation in barrel, where it rests sur lie. The wine underwent 50% malolactic fermentation and was bottled on May of the following year.
Enjoy on its own or as a perfect complement to creamy pastas, chicken, turkey and fresh fish entrees.
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.