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Wild Carignan Reserve
This Carignan is produced with grapes hand-harvested from non-irrigated, low yield old vines in the Judean Hills of Israel. Intense aromas of black cherry and plum give way to a rich, full-bodied wine with flavors of blackberry, cranberry, and Medite
RegionJudean Hills
Grape Varieties100% Carignan
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BackgroundLocated in Israels 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 areas finest high-altitude vineyards, which enjoy a climate similar to that of Californias 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 Lennys life-long dream to produce truly world-class wines. Chief winemaker is Kobi Arviv, known for his creative work and authentic winemaking philosophy. Arvivs use of ancient and unique techniques, alongside the technological advances of today, raises the quality bar for Israeli wines in the U.S.
VinificationThe grapes are handpicked, and after destemming, cold maceration, fermentation and pressing, they are matured in French oak barrels – approximately half of which are new – for 12 months. This is so the oak flavors and aroma do not overpower the exclusive flavors and aroma of the fruit. The wine is then bottled after coarse filtration alone, and drunk as is – authentic, “wild” and Israeli.
ColorDeep purple
NoseIntense aromas of black cherry and plum
PalateBlack plum, berries and pecan taste, with a full body, balanced acidity and a long and spicy aftertaste.
AnalysisAlcohol: 13.5 %
Serving SuggestionsDelicious with grilled red meats and hearty stews. Serve slightly cooler than room temperature.