Recanati Winery’s Reserve Series presents selected vineyards of each variety from a particular area. Therefore the wines from the single vineyards perfectly reflect the soil of each particular area, the climate, the way the grapes were grown and how the wine was made. This series is the heart and soul of the winery’s winemaking. Unique varieties have been added and winemaking methods developed over the years.
Grape Variety: 100% Carignan
Winemaking Notes: The grapes are handpicked, and after destemming, cold maceration, fermentation and pressing, we mature them 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.
Tasting Notes: The wine has a black plum, berries and pecan taste, with a full body, balanced acidity and a long and spicy aftertaste.
Vineyards: Judean Hills – Dry Farm Vineyard (unwatered). The Carignan is trained as "Bush Vine," a trellising system used in ancient times. The roots wind and twist into the soil – to the more mineral areas – in a constant search for water, which causes the aroma and color so unique to this wine.
Marselan is a cross between the "wild" Grenache and the "aristocratic and elegant" Cabernet Sauvignon. It originated at the start of the 1960s in the South of France. This is an impressive and powerful Mediterranean wine.
Grape Variety: 100% Marselan
Winemaking Notes: Marselan grapes are relatively new in Israel. Recanati Winery unvailed the first harvest of this variety in 2012, and we continue to be impressed by its power. To restrain the strong vines and generate low yield, the vineyard is thinned during the ripening period. From the remaining grapes we receive the array of unique flavors and aromas characteristic of this variety. The wine is matured for 12 months in French oak barrels – approximately half of which are new, and then bottled after coarse filtration alone.
Tasting Notes: The wine has an inimitable flowery aroma, round tannins, and tastes of berries and Mediterranean herbs. Our Marselan boasts a score of 90 points from the renowned wine critic, Robert Parker, in “Wine Advocate
Grape Variety: 100% Petite Sirah
Winemaking Notes: The grapes are handpicked, arrive at the winery and undergo a process of destemming, fermentation and pressing before being sent to mature for 12 months in French oak barrels, approximately half of which are new. The wine is then bottled without any of the clarification processes and after coarse filtration alone, to preserve the gamut of flavors.
Tasting Notes: A juicy, strong-tasting rich wine, with a purple, deep bluish color. The wine excels in flavors and aromas, displaying a range of berries and chocolate, spices and walnuts.
Vineyards: Jezreel Valley. A mature vineyard. The roots of the Petite Sirah twisted and turned deep into the heavy valley soil and the vine trunks branched out and thickened over the years, a process that contributed to the richness and depth of flavors in this wine.
Grape Variety: 100% Syrah
Winemaking Notes: The grapes arrive at the winery for destemming and gentle crushing. They are then fermented in small, one-ton bins – “Dolavs” – without using pumps at all during the fermentation. Syrah grapes are fermented with almost half of the stalks put back into the bins. According to the traditional method, this contributes to the production of more authentic Syrah wines and preserves the character of this grape variety. The wine is matured for 12 months in French oak barrels, approximately 25% of which are new, and is bottled without any of the clarification processes and after coarse filtration alone.
Tasting Notes: A spicy, flowery and elegant wine. It has a strong purple-red color and a distinct aroma of violets and lavender, red fruit and black pepper.
Vineyards: Upper Galilee – Manara Vineyard
Grape Variety: 100% Marawi
Winemaking Notes: The grapes are handpicked in mid-September and transferred in refrigeration to the winery. There they are destemmed and crushed. The wine ferments and ages sur lies in year-old French oak barrels.
Tasting Notes: The wine is citrusy, with a wonderful acidity and distinct minerality. This wine is a pure, ancient and candid expression of the Israeli terroir.
Vineyards: Judean Hills – Bethlehem. The grapes are harvested mid-September from an unwatered vineyard, and grown using the traditional trellising method known as “Hebron Overhead Arbor.”
Grape Variety: 100% Bittuni
Winemaking Notes: Bittuni is a local ancient variety, from which red wines were already being made thousands of years ago. This variety was almost extinct, and only a few vines remained. Here at Recanati we are proud and excited to offer you a red wine from this ancient grape variety. The Bittuni grapes were hand-harvested in mid-September and transported under refrigeration to the winery, where they underwent gentle fermentation with the rachises. The wine was then matured for six months in year-old Burgundy oak barrels.
Tasting Notes: A wine with light, flowery and aromatic minerality, with a bouquet of red cherries and Mediterranean spices.
Vineyards: Judean Hills – Bethlehem. The Bittuni is harvested from an unwatered vineyard, and grown using the traditional trellising method known as “Hebron Overhead Arbor.”
Winner of the Golden Cluster Award 2016 – Best Merlot
Grape Variety: 100% Merlot
Winemaking Notes: fter fermenting and macerating for 10 days, the wine ages in French oak barrels for approximately 18 months. It is then bottled after coarse filtration alone. This preserves its aroma and array of flavors. The wine is now ready to drink, although it will continue to develop and improve in the bottle as the years go by.
Tasting Notes: The wine has soft and gentle tannins, a full and rich body and balanced acidity. The wine flavors are plum and cherry, roasted coffee beans and spices.
Vineyards: Upper Galilee – Manara Vineyard. A vineyard characterized by Terra Rossa soil with a high percentage of stone and ideal climate conditions consistently producing grapes of the very highest quality.
Grape Variety: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Winemaking Notes: The grapes are handpicked, arrive at the winery and are destemmed, pressed after fermenting and macerated for 10 days. The wine matures in French oak barrels over 18 months. It is then bottled after coarse filtration alone. The wine is now ready to drink, although it will continue to develop and improve in the bottle as the years go by.
Tasting Notes: The wine has soft, round and gentle tannins, and a full, rich body, balanced acidity and a long and spicy aftertaste. The wine is rich in cassis, cherry, black plum, nuts and Mediterranean spicy herbs.
Vineyards: Upper Galilee – Lebanon Vineyard. Located opposite Lebanese mountains, which funnel particularly cold air and create unique micro-climate conditions.
Grape Variety: 100% Chardonnay
Winemaking Notes: The grapes are handpicked in the Manara Vineyard in the Upper Galilee. They arrive at the winery and are destemmed, pressed and sent to ferment in French oak barrels. This wine is aged sur lies for nine months. This preserves its flavors and the inimitable Chardonnay aroma.
Tasting Notes: The wine has a golden hue, with a taste of white grapefruit and aromas of stoned fruits like yellow plums and peach. The wine is rich and full-bodied, with balanced acidity and a rich, long, mineral aftertaste. It’s a wine particularly suited to accompany dishes such as creamed Gnocchi and pasta, seawater fish and smoked salmon
Vineyards: Upper Galilee – Manara Vineyard