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Special Reserve White
Pale gold. Scents of apricot, citrus, tropical fruits with a hint of ginger. Medium-bodied and well-balanced, with flavors of tropical and citrus fruit against a backdrop of refreshing acidity. Flavors of lemon, kumquat, grapefruit, peach and cream.
RegionUpper Galilee
Grape Varieties60% Roussane & 40% Marsanne
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  • 90 Points
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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.
VinificationAfter 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. After pressing the grapes in a slow and controlled fermentation process, the wine is aged (sur lies) in French oak barrels for eight months. Following the maturation period, the winemakers decide on the blend after a series of tastings. To preserve the wine’s complex character and natural acidity, it does not undergo malolactic fermentation at all.
ColorPale gold
NoseScents of citrus and tropical fruits.
PalateAn especially rich and complex wine, full-bodied, good, balanced acidity and a long, fruity aftertaste. The wine is now ready for consumption and will continue to develop and improve in the bottle in the coming years.
AnalysisAlcohol: 12.5 %
Serving SuggestionsEnjoy on its own or as a perfect complement to creamy pastas, chicken, turkey and fresh fish entrees.