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Grape Varieties100% Bittuni
- 91 PointsWine EnthusiastEditor's Choice
Production areaBittuni is a local ancient variety from which red wines were already being made thousands of years ago in the Judean Hills. The variety was almost extinct and only a few vines remained.
BackgroundLocated in Israel's Hefer Valley within the Upper Galilee, the newly built Recanati winery is a showcase winemaking facility, equipped with the most innovative technology available today. It obtains its grapes from some of the area's finest high-altitude vineyards, which enjoy a climate similar to that of California's Napa Valley. Warm days and contrastingly cool nights, together with ideal chalky-gravelly soil conditions and limited rainfall, create an ideal environment in which to nurture these classic varietals. Owned by Lenny Recanati, a native of Israel with ancestral roots stretching back to Italy, the winery is the fruit of Lenny's life-long dream to produce truly world-class wines. Chief winemaker is Kobi Arviv, known for his creative work and authentic winemaking philosophy. Arviv's use of ancient and unique techniques, alongside the technological advances of today, raises the quality bar for Israeli wines in the U.S.
VinificationHand-harvested in mid-September, the Bittuni grapes are transported under refrigeration to the winery, where they undergo gentle fermentation with the rachises, and then mature for 6 months in year-old Burgundy oak barrels. The Bittuni is harvested from an unwatered vineyard and grown using the traditional trellising method known as “Hebron Overhead Arbor”.
NoseLight, flowery, and aromatic minerality comes a wine with a bouquet of red cherries and Mediterranean spices.
PalateGentle on the palate, with very smooth tannins, delivering flavors of blackberry, strawberry, white chocolate, and violet.
AnalysisAlcohol: 11.5 %pH: 3.45RS: 1.3TA: 4.92
Serving SuggestionsThis special grape variety is best enjoyed over special holidays and celebrations with close friends and family.