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Muscat, NV. Karas

Muscat, NV. Karas

Item #: S0420W2IM
Vintage: NV
Varietal: Muscat
Vineyard/Appellation: Armavir, Armenia
Color: Medium Gold
Nose: Musk, Apricot
Palate: Full Tropical
Finish: Ingratiating
Rating: 95
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2025/Cookies, Lemon Pie/12% Alcohol by Volume
Availability: Out of Stock
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Do you think France has a wine history? Do you think Italy has a wine history? Fuhgedd-aboud-it! Armenia has been making wine for 6,000 years. The oldest winery ever discovered was discovered here. You could say they taught the rest of the world how to make wine, and it would be tough to argue.

When the Iron Curtain fell, Armenian families couldn't wait to show the world their incredible wines. One of those was the Eurnekian family who founded the Karas Winery in Armavir. Juliana Eurnekian, President, was eager to share with the world the story of Armenia with her wines. Karas is Armenian for amphora, the clay pots that were used to store the finished wine.

Armavir is one of the perfect areas in the world to make wine. It is 3,000 feet above sea level where the air is as pure as possible. The soil is almost all rock, making it impossible for anything else to grow there, even weeds, except grapes. And the vines couldn't be any happier. There is barely enough soil wedged between the rocks, but just enough for the roots to keep digging deeper to find water, all the while sending nutrients to the branches on the surface.

Muscat is the oldest grape there is. It was the first grape made into wine, and basically, every other grape is a descendent of Muscat. Ergo it is highly revered here. Its pungency is its trademark. The musk oil and wild peach scent signal the body and flavor to swallow. This would elevate almond cookies to a new level or be the finishing touches to lemon bars topped with cherries.