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Recanati Merlot Reserve 750ml 2009  
Sku: 1660770
Select high-altitude Menara vineyard in Israelís Upper Galilee, 2,500 feet above sea level, is the source of this singular Reserve Merlot.
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Country: Israel
Region: Galilee
Grape Varietal: Merlot
Type: Still wine, Kosher
Reg. $27.69
On Sale $22.49
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Wine Advocate 88 points - The 2009 MERLOT RESERVE was aged for 14 months in 60% new French oak. This has been a pretty consistent bottling over the years, always pleasing to drink if not especially concentrated. I think they typically show better young and donít reward cellaring very much. This year, there is perhaps a bit more bite than on average, showing rather good structure with some grip on the finish, while the wine retains a sensual and sexy texture. The fruit is quite nice here in its youth, a bit sweet initially, perhaps also oak-tinged, but that integrates nicely and blends into the background with some extended aeration. It is bright, with ripe tannins and that velvety feel, plus just a touch of herbaceousness. This doesnít have any upside, but it is awfully good right now. If you plunge in, you might be even happier than the score would suggest. There were 3,000 cases produced. Drink now-2016. Recanatiís Reserve level wines have always offered some value for the region. With the debut of the 2009s, the winery has added some structure and a little more gravitas as well, making this a very nice lineup for a region that tends to be short on valuesóbut note that, due to their small production, some of the most interesting reserves now show some significant price spikes, taking them well out of the value range and into Recanatiís “special reserveĒ top of the line pricing. That said, 2009 easily looks like Recanatiís best vintage yet.” (Feb 2012)

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Select high-altitude Menara vineyard in Israelís Upper Galilee, 2,500 feet above sea level, is the source of this singular Reserve Merlot.
Wine maker notes
After careful hand harvesting, the grapes are de-stemmed and left to soak for two days to fully extract their fruity, spicy character. A small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon is included to enhance depth and complexity. After a fermentation period of two weeks, the wine is transferred to French oak barrels where it matures for 18 months.

Food pairing
An outstanding accompaniment to grilled red meats, poultry, risottos and mushroom-based dishes. Serve slightly cooler than room temperature.

Producer
The Recanati Winery was founded in 2000 by a group of wine lovers led by Lenny Recanati. Their goal was to create a new winery for the production of quality Israeli wines at reasonable consumer prices. The Winery established its home in the Hefer Valley and is furnished with state-of the-art wine-making equipment. The most important requirement in the production of quality wines is always the quality of the grapes. Dr. Pini Sarig, an international vine growing expert, was instrumental in assisting the winery in locating excellent vineyards as well as plots of land with vine-growing potential, where new vineyards were planted. Most of the vineyards from which the winery receives it grapes are in the Manara and Kerem Ben-Zimra regions in the Upper Galilee, a high region with an ideal climate for the cultivation of quality wine grapes. Additional growing areas are the Ella Valley and the Lower Galilee, which have a warmer climate that is conducive to producing the different grape varieties that provide additional nuances to our wines. Most of our red wines are made from the noble Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot varieties. However, the winery is involved in cultivating and assimilating additional varieties that have great potential, such as Cabernet Franc, Shiraz and Syrah, Barbera, Zinfandel and Petite Syrah. Our white wines are produced with Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, French colombard and Emerald Riesling Our winemaking process is leaded by our head winemaker, Gil Shatsberg, a graduate of the Viticulture and Enology Program at the Davis University of California. Shatsberg accumulated vast experience while working in California and Israel. He had become Recanati’s Head winemaker on January 2008, replacing Lewis Pasco and continuing his goal - making the best out of the fabulous Mediterranean terroir Recanati winery has in hands. Shatsberg is known to the Israeli wine lover’s public as the winemaker and founder of ”Amphorae”, one of Israel’s best boutique winery. His deeply ingrained sense of commitment to realizing the full inherent potential of the grapes is a significant contributing factor in the success of our wines. Our winemaking team includes a second winemaker, Ido Lewinsohn, a graduate of the Viticulture and Enology Program at the University of Milan. Prior to his arrival to our winery, Lewinsohn has worked in different wineries in Australia, France and Italy, among them the prestigious ”Sassicaia” in Tuscany. Recanati wines are marketed in leading wine stores and restaurants. New export markets have been developed, and Recanati exports its quality wines to ever growing markets in the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan and Western Europe. The winery looks back on its achievements in its initial years with great pride and sense of satisfaction, yet does not rest on its laurels and continues to cultivate new vineyards, invest in research in agricultural and enology and, most importantly, to produce wines with enormous love, while continually striving to enhance its products.

 
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