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Areni, 2016. Voskeni

Areni, 2016. Voskeni

Item #: L1019R1IM
Vintage: 2016
Varietal: Areni
Vineyard/Appellation: Ararat Valley, Armenia
Color: Opaque Purple
Nose: Plum, Red Currant
Palate: Rich Berry, Vanilla
Finish: Long, Gripping
Rating: 95
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2027/Red Meat, Game, Fowl/13.5% Alcohol by Volume

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In our continuing effort to not only bring you the best values, but to expand your wine horizons, we are very excited to offer this exceptional wine from Armenia. Voskeni is in the Ararat Valley, which is part of the Caucasus Region encompassing Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and parts of Iran, Russia and Turkey.

Archeologists have determined that this area of Armenia is the birthplace of wine. as it contains the oldest known winemaking equipment on Earth - dating back 8,000 years. That is quite a history.

If it hadn't been for the constant conflict, brutal wars and revolutions, Armenia would easily have the same reputation as any other of the world's great wine regions like those in France, Germany and Italy.

The soil and climate here is similar to Bordeaux and perfect for the Areni grape, which is indigenous to Armenia. Voskeni is considered the best winery in the region. It is owned by the Mateossian family, who are third-generation grape growers.

Areni is a thick-skinned grape, which on contact appears to be very hearty and full-bodied. While the color is fairly dark, the flavor and body is in the medium range, similar to wines from Chianti or Rioja.

The aromas conjure up the smell of strawberry and red currants while the oak aging adds spice and vanilla. Tannins are soft but the acidity grabs the palate and works perfectly with grilled meats.