2016 Zorah "Karasi" Red Rind Armenia

SKU #1435405 94 points Wine & Spirits

 In 2006, working with the Italian oenologist Alberto Antonini and viticulturist Stefano Bartolomei, Zorik Gharibian planted 37 acres of vines on a barren, stone-filled landscape at 4,593 feet in altitude. The cuttings came from abandoned vineyards at a 13th-century monastery nearby; the vines, planted on their own roots, produced a beautiful areni in 2016. The team ferments it spontaneously in the traditional Armenian earthenware karas and ages it in unlined concrete vats. Areni feels cool at this altitude, firm and juicy, with an acidity that gives it a sheer texture despite the depth of dark-plum fruit. With air, it reveals more detail, the notes of earth and spice taking on an exotic edge. It remains fresh over the course of days open, a sure sign that this will also age well in bottle.  (6/2019)

K&L Notes

100% Areni Noir from one of the world's oldest wine producing regions. This is from vineyards planted upwards of 4500 feet above sea level. Some of the highest in the all of Europe and Asia.

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