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Recanati Syrah Viognier Reserve 2010

Recanati Syrah Viognier Reserve 750ml 2010       
Sku: 1814506*

Syrah and Viognier grapes grow side by side in our Manara vineyard in the upper Galilee, and are harvested together. The 3% Viognier grapes is then integrated into the Syrah during fermentation. Such blending of a small amount of white grapes into this red wine derives from an old method used in the Rh?´ne Valley to refine the wine, enrich its flavors and add complexity to the aromas. This blend was aged in new French oak barrels for nine months and then coarsely filtered before bottling to conserve its natural essence, raw expression, and Mediterranean elegance.

Tasting notes
Deep Purple

 Wine Advocate 89 points (Feb 2012)
The 2010 SYRAH / VIOGNIER RESERVE is a Northern Rhone blend, with 97% Syrah and 3% Viognier, aged for 7 months in 60% new French oak. This is the debut vintage in the USA. With only 500 cases produced, it was a revelation when I tasted it, a bit too expensive, but one of the most typical French-style Syrahs I’ve ever had from Israel. More Northern Rhone in style than just the blend, it is a dead ringer for Cote Rotie. I’ve always thought Syrah would be a great grape for Israel—and increasingly Israeli winemakers from boutiques to big wineries are proving why. This is lovely, well structured, with that trademark Rhone-y gamey nuance, brightness and a little grip on the finish. If those sauvage nuances are not your style, this isn’t for you. Cote Rotie lovers should read on. To quibble, it does lack the concentration of the equally classic 2009 (a better vintage; not imported, but also reviewed this issue as a library wine). Still, this 2010 is drinking beautifully now, loaded with charm and astonishing as a Rhone ringer. That was particularly underscored by having had a Northern Rhone tasting the night before. Drink now-2018. Recanati’s 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 values—but 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 Recanati’s “special reserve” top of the line pricing. That said, 2009 easily looks like Recanati’s best vintage yet.

Wine maker notes
In the same style as is traditional in the Rhone Valley’s famed Cote Rotie appellation, Viognier grapes are co-fermented with Syrah grapes. Blending small quantities of white grapes in red fermentation has been a common procedure in the Rhone Valley for many years as it softens the wine and makes it more complex and elegant. This blend was aged in new French oak barrels for nine months and then coarsely filtered before bottling to conserve its natural essence, raw expression, and Mediterranean elegance.

Food pairing
Delicious with grilled red meats and hearty stews. Serve slightly cooler than room temperature.

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Country: Israel
Region: Galilee
Grape Varietal: Syrah,Viognier
Type: Still wine, Kosher
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