2014 Recanati Winery Wild Carignan Reserve, Judea Hills, Israel

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The bush vines that make this wine were spotted high in the Judean Hills by chance by Ido Lewinsohn, Recanati’s assistant winemaker, in 2008, just after the fruit had been harvested but a few delicious berries remained. Determined to secure these impressive grapes in the future, Ido tracked down the owner, and persuaded Recanati to swap some apparently more desirable Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard land for the supposed workhorse Carignan. With limited yields and sensitive wine-making, these remarkable vines make one of the most profound Carignan based wines I have ever tasted, full-bodied but ele