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Upper Galilee Merlot
Deep garnet red. Robust, fruit-filled fragrance with hints of vanilla against a subtle background of cloves. Medium-bodied, reminiscent of ripe red berry fruit, strawberries and pomegranates.
Grape Varieties100% Merlot
- 90 Points
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.
VinificationSelect grapes are hand-picked in mid-September. Following a gentle crushing, the grapes undergo a cold maceration prior to fermentation to preserve their rich fruit character.
ColorDeep garnet red.
NoseRobust, fruit-filled fragrance with hints of vanilla against a subtle background of cloves.
PalateMedium-bodied, reminiscent of ripe red berry fruit, strawberries and pomegranates.
Serving SuggestionsGrilled red meats, poultry and flavorful pasta dishes, as well as a variety of Mediterranean-style entrées.