Recanati Upper Galilee Chardonnay (OU Kosher) 2008 Front Label
Recanati Upper Galilee Chardonnay (OU Kosher) 2008 Front Label

Recanati Upper Galilee Chardonnay (OU Kosher) 2008

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Winemaker Notes

Grapes for this Chardonnay are sourced from select hillside vineyards in Israel's Kerem Ben-Zimra district, at an optimum altitude of 2,500 feet above sea level.

To the eye, the wine is pale straw gold.
The aroma has delicate tones of tropical fruit with subtle nuances of caramel and hazelnut, while on the palate the wine is full-bodied and harmonious, concluding in a long, smooth finish.
Enjoy as an aperitif or with a variety of dishes, including fish, pasta in cream sauces and a wide array of appetizers. Serve chilled.

Critical Acclaim

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WS 88
Wine Spectator
Rich, with buttery ripe apple and cream flavors that feature plenty of spiciness. Offers notes of fennel and smoke on the finish. Kosher. Drink now through 2013.
WE 88
Wine Enthusiast
Here’s a superbly balanced and quite refined Kosher Chard, with decadent notes of grilled red apples and softly toasted hazelnuts on the nose followed by juicy flavors of fresh ripe peach and leesy pear in the full mouth. It all integrates and comes together beautifully in the end, closing with a long softly toasted finish.
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Recanati, Israel
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The story of the Recanati Winery, a new producer of high quality Mediterranean wines, begins with a profound bond with the Land of Israel coupled with a passion for fine wines. With the creation of the winery, L. Recanati's cherished, lifelong dream to produce truly world-class wines has finally reached fruition.

Owner of one of the finest private wine collections in Israel, L. Recanati is a successful international banker and a member of one of Israel's most prominent families. Prior to making their home in Israel in the early 1900s, Recanati's ancestors had lived for centuries in Italy, one of the world's premier sources of fine wines. Consequently, Italy and the U.S. (where Recanati spent a portion of his student years and met his American-born wife) represent the winery's first two export markets.

Chief winemaker at Recanati is Lewis Pasco, an American-born graduate of the U.C. Davis wine program and an accomplished chef. Formerly a winemaker at Napa Valley's Chimney Rock and for Sonoma's Marimar Torres, Lewis brings to Recanati a devotion to artistry and craftsmanship in winemaking. This dedication, combined with Recanati's state-of-the-art winemaking facility, has led to an impressive line of wines.

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With a rich history of wine production dating back to biblical times, Israel is a part of the cradle of wine civilization. Here, wine was commonly used for religious ceremonies as well as for general consumption. During Roman times, it was a popular export, but during Islamic rule around 1300, production was virtually extinguished. The modern era of Israeli winemaking began in the late 19th century with help from Bordeaux’s Rothschild family. Accordingly, most grapes grown in Israel today are made from native French varieties. Indigenous varieties are all but extinct, though oenologists have made recent attempts to rediscover ancient varieties such as Marawi for commercial wine production.

In Israel’s Mediterranean climate, humidity and drought can be problematic, concentrating much of the country’s grape growing in the north near Galilee, Samaria near the coast and at higher elevations in the east. The most successful red varieties are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah, while the best whites are made from Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Many, though by no means all, Israeli wines are certified Kosher.

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.

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