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A Mini-Adventure with Recanati (K)

by Daniel Rogov » Wed Apr 13, 2011 3:25 pm

About a week ago I received a phone call from Orna Ben-Chaim, the public relations person for the Recanati winery. Truth be told, the call discombobulated me somewhat because it was an invitation to visit a vineyard and taste a wine together with her, Recanati CEO Noam Jacoby and senior winemaker Gil Shatzberg.

One vineyard. One wine. Seemed a bit outré to me but what the heck, Orna is one of those p.r. people I know well enough to trust. I knew, for example that she would not be sending me on a wild goose. And, after all she had triggered my curiosity and mini-mysteries can be fun so I accepted the invitation.

This morning at about 10 a.m. Gil Shtazberg picked me up in Tel Aviv and we made our way to the Judean Hills, there to meet Orna and Noam and before too long to arrive at one of the most unusual vineyards I have encountered in Israel. There, with an exquisite view of the surrounding hills, of far more modern vineyards planted nearby and of the Dir Rafat Monastery sat a portion of a vineyard planted entirely in Carignan grapes, those planted more than 30 years ago on soil that is now completely white with an abundance of naturally crushed white stones.

Although there are drip irrigation plastic pipes laid, there has never been a water supply to those pipes and the vines have gone unwatered since they were planted. More than that, these are vines that have been allowed to flourish as bush vines (more technically the Gobelet system) which involves using no wires or other supports systems, keeping the trunk of the vine fairly short and allowing the leaves to form an umbrella-like natural canopy that shields the grapes from too strong direct sunlight, allows fine exposure to the air and serves as a natural protection for the grapes. The system, although tried and true is uncommon in Israel but is found quite regularly in the southern parts of the Rhone Valley, Provence, Languedoc and parts of Burgundy.

As we strolled through the vineyard, enjoying the fresh air and the view and our conversation, we sipped Recanati's most pleasant 2010 rosé. Truth be told, I was having a heckuva good time, even better than at most picnics. And then, still in the field, we tasted the 2009 wine that had been made from these grapes. Later, we tasted the wine again with lunch. And then, on return home, I tasted the wine once again, this time more formally, matched against similar wines and, of course, blind. In My Fair Lady, sings about "aw, wouldn't it be loverly". Simply stated, the wine is indeed loverly and I'd be pleased to drink it either with Eliza Doolittle (as played of course by Julie Andrews) or with the Queen.

My thanks to Gil, Noam and Orna for a great mini-adventure.

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Recanati, Carignan, Reserve, Kerem Ba'al, 2009: Listed on the label as coming from Kerem Ba'al (an unwatered vineyard) and as a "wild" wine, that referring to the grapes being raised as bush vines, showing even better than at an earlier barrel tasting. The first varietal Carignan release from the winery, made from old vines with naturally low yield, showing full-bodied and distinctly royal purple, its once chunky tannins now softened nicely. On the nose unmistakable aromas of raspberries and spices and in the glass opening to reveal a generous array of blackcurrant and blackberry fruits, those supported by notes of spicy oak, licorice, pepper and tobacco. Powerful but oh so gentle on the palate, with hints of mesquite and a note of fresh acidity livening up the generous finish. Perhaps at its very best with entrecote, T-bone or porterhouse steaks. Drink now-2016. Perhaps the most "Israeli wine" I have ever tasted and if I were to rate the wine entirely on a hedonistic basis, it would earn a score of 96-97 for the sheer pleasure it gives. Rating it in a more standard manner – Score 93. K

5,990 bottles numbered were produced. The wine is currently going for NIS 140. In my opinion worth hunting up multiple bottles.
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Re: A Mini-Adventure with Recanati (K)

by Raanan BI » Wed Apr 13, 2011 4:33 pm

Danial hi,
about a year ago I was at Recanati and had a taste from a barrel of what the PR called - "by far the best ever israeli Carignan"... And indeed it was!!!
And I bet it's the same wine you tasted there!!
So...
finished reading, with only one question in mind:
where can I get this wine?


Tomorrow morning I'll call WD and ask them to order it, but I bet they'll refuse to order anything 'till after the Passover rush, so meanwhile - does the winery market it directly?
6,000 bottles is a fair quantity to reach all interested, so I'm not worried, but your story triggered my appetite...

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Re: A Mini-Adventure with Recanati (K)

by Daniel Rogov » Wed Apr 13, 2011 4:37 pm

Raanan, Hi.....

Check the usual suspects ..... Derekh HaYain, Wine Depot, etc.... If no luck, phone the winery to inquire.

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Re: A Mini-Adventure with Recanati (K)

by Joel D Parker » Wed Apr 13, 2011 5:17 pm

yep. already sighted at DY in Tel Aviv
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Re: A Mini-Adventure with Recanati (K)

by Isaac C » Wed Apr 13, 2011 7:49 pm

Any chance this will make it over to the U.S.?
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Re: A Mini-Adventure with Recanati (K)

by Daniel Rogov » Wed Apr 13, 2011 7:56 pm

A quite limited edition but I asked CEO Noam Recanati about this and he says there is a "good chance" that some will make their way to the U.S.A. market. As/if I hear updates I will post.

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Re: A Mini-Adventure with Recanati (K)

by Or Shoham » Thu Apr 14, 2011 10:16 am

Well, Recanati has certainly wasted no time in getting the word out - I just received an email from their mailing list regarding the Carignan, quoting Rogov and linking to this very thread. I was intending to make an order from the winery regardless for Cab-Francs and a couple of other things, so sounds like I'll want to have them throw a couple of these bottles in. Of course, out of consideration, I'm waiting until after the holiday rush...
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Re: A Mini-Adventure with Recanati (K)

by Gabriel W » Sun Apr 24, 2011 4:05 am

If I could only pick one new Israeli wine to try, it would be this. 97 points for hedonism, dry farmed relatively old bush vines and "the most Israeli wine"...

We need to figure out a way to get some to the US.
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Re: A Mini-Adventure with Recanati (K)

by David Raccah » Sun Apr 24, 2011 4:08 am

Gabe you tried it already? Where did u get a bottle?

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Re: A Mini-Adventure with Recanati (K)

by Gabriel W » Sun Apr 24, 2011 4:15 am

Hi David,
Sorry I implied that I tried it. I'm dying to try it. I saw Joel Parker in the song/weeksend wine thread mention that he had it, so I checked out this thread.
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Re: A Mini-Adventure with Recanati (K)

by Joel D Parker » Tue Apr 26, 2011 4:22 am

I know I already posted on this wine, but I did want to restate that although I'm not one for scores, I do think this wine deserves a special mention. One of the refreshing things about it, is that it does not fit into the regular categories of wine varietals, and is most decidedly a Carignan wine, not trying to be something else. That being said, the tannin structure on this wine was perhaps its most interesting feature to me--seeming to wrap the mouth in a warm blanket of structure--that and the fact that it balanced acidity with fruit, something that is unfortunately not the case in many notable Israeli wines. And to boot, Daniel hesitates on this aspect of tasting, but I'd sign an affidavit saying I personally felt that it had strong mid-palate presence, which is another thing many Israeli wines fail to do (according to Mark Squires and according to my experience).

Obviously, I hope you guys in America get a chance to taste it for yourselves, but in my humble opinion, this wine is one of the better Israeli wines out there for balancing elegance with power. I will say, I wish it had been priced along with the other reserve wines in the 20-30$ range, but nevertheless, I can't complain, since Recanati has been producing good stuff at the lower end of the price range too, meaning, I'll forgive them for pricing this one locally at 40$.

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Re: A Mini-Adventure with Recanati (K)

by Isaac C » Tue May 24, 2011 10:55 am

Does anyone know where to get the best price on this wine in Jerusalem? I'm going to ask a friend to pick some up for me but I would like to make sure the store has the wine before I send him.
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Re: A Mini-Adventure with Recanati (K)

by David Raccah » Tue May 24, 2011 11:16 am

Indeed! I too would like this information!

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Re: A Mini-Adventure with Recanati (K)

by Daniel Rogov » Tue May 24, 2011 12:25 pm

Much of this wine was set aside for restaurants. Best bet to find it at a good price in Jerusalem is probably Pyup.

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by Yossie Horwitz » Tue May 24, 2011 1:11 pm

For what it's worth, I got a bunch of bottles through Mandel's (TA & Ra'anana).
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Re: A Mini-Adventure with Recanati (K)

by Yehoshua Werth » Tue May 24, 2011 4:16 pm

Daniel Rogov wrote:A quite limited edition but I asked CEO Noam Recanati about this and he says there is a "good chance" that some will make their way to the U.S.A. market. As/if I hear updates I will post.

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Talked with the USA Rep for Recanati and She said," They are working on it now and it should be coming". Thata was as of the end of last week. IY"H We will have this wine and experience the maturation of something unique and special from Israel.

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Re: A Mini-Adventure with Recanati (K)

by Isaac C » Sun Oct 09, 2011 2:52 pm

I have a friend going to Israel for Sukkos and I would like to get a few bottles of the Recanati Carignan Reserve. He is going to be in Jerusalem. Can anyone recommend some specific stores in Jerusalem that will have it in stock, where they are located, and what the price is, if known?

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Re: A Mini-Adventure with Recanati (K)

by Yossie Horwitz » Wed Oct 26, 2011 8:39 pm

I recently tasted the Recanati Carignan (note is below) and am really hoping to taste thier Syrah/Viognier next week when I visit the winery (especially after Chaim's uncharacteristically for Israeli wines warm endorsement)!

Recanati, Carignan, Reserve, Kerem Ba'al, 2009: Given the success Carmel has had with its Old Vine Carignan (tasting note below), it was only a matter of time before another awesome expression of the varietal founds its way to the market. In addition to being over 30 years old, these are true bush vines from the Judean Hills, that have flourished since their planting without irrigation, pruning, support (known as the “goblet” system) or other methods of human meddling (Ba’al is loosely Hebrew for wild). As would be expected, these are low-yield vines of less than two tons per acre. A wine that gracefully straddles power and elegance. Muscular tannins that needed half an hour to an hour to soften up in my glass and allow the fruit and spice to shine through but very much in balance with the fruit. Plenty of blackberries, currents and other black forest fruit along with warm spices, chocolate, espresso, white pepper and anise on both the nose and palate, with a good jolt of balancing acidity leading into a medium finish that lingers nicely. The fruit is on the restrained side and elegant, which is consistent with Recanati’s recent direction away from fruit forward wines towards retrained Mediterranean elegance. Very different and delicious, this wine is another candidate for some serious cellaring. Another limited edition wine with about 5,900 bottles produced.
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Re: A Mini-Adventure with Recanati (K)

by Gabriel Geller » Sat Oct 29, 2011 7:20 pm

Isaac C wrote:I have a friend going to Israel for Sukkos and I would like to get a few bottles of the Recanati Carignan Reserve. He is going to be in Jerusalem. Can anyone recommend some specific stores in Jerusalem that will have it in stock, where they are located, and what the price is, if known?

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Isaac hi, I saw the wine last week both at A.A. Pyup and Nechemia Brothers on Agripas Street, going at both locations for ILS 140 (better would be to purchase it at Nechemia's, they have relatively little selection but best prices in town and always happy to give an additional discount of 10-15% at checkout, even on one single bottle!). I'm personally planning on buying one next time I'm there! :)
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Re: A Mini-Adventure with Recanati (K)

by Gabriel Geller » Sat Oct 29, 2011 7:30 pm

Yossie H wrote:Ba’al is loosely Hebrew for wild



Hi Yossie, in fact Ba'al means usually in hebrew "husband" or "owner"-of but can also mean (as it is certainly the case here) unwatered/unirrigated cultivation. In fact the translation of the wine's label is כרם בעל יין פרא - Wild wine Ba'al Vineyard. "Peray" means wild in hebrew, a synonym would be "bar", which is more widely used in regards to plants, fruits or animals.
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Re: A Mini-Adventure with Recanati (K)

by Yossie Horwitz » Sat Oct 29, 2011 10:30 pm

Thanks Gabriel - I'm pretty familiar with Hebrew (I lived in Israel for over 20 years)
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