Voskehat, 2015. Armas

Voskehat, 2015. Armas

Item #: V1118W2IM
Vintage: 2015
Varietal: Voskehat
Vineyard/Appellation: Aragatsotn Province, Armenia
Color: Medium Straw
Nose: Vanilla Pudding
Palate: Rich Vanilla, Spice
Finish: Lively and Lovely Citrus
Rating: 96
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2020/Seafood, Fowl, Light Meats/12.5 % Alcohol by Volume

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History has an interesting history. I mean, we like to discuss the history of California wine which, in comparison to Old World wine, is quite short. The Greeks, Italians and French have wine history that goes back several millennia. Big deal! Nobody comes close to Armenia.

Wine was probably made by accident in Syria or Iran some 8,000 years ago. But the first actual facility constructed solely for the purpose of making wine was found in Armenia. Carbon dating puts it at about 6,000 years old.

ArmAs was resurrected by Armenak Aslanian to reconnect with his family's history of making wine, which goes back some 80 years. It is named after his grandfather, Armenak Aslanian, Sr., the first winemaker in the family. It took six years to build the winery, rework the land and plant the vineyard after decades of strife had left it in ruins. But, Armenak would not be deterred.

And so we present you with not only our selection, but a fascinating piece of history as well. Voskehat is one of those confusing words that is both a grape and a place. It is indigenous to Armenia and probably as old as winemaking itself.

The wine is fermented in oak barrels so there is a hint of vanilla in the nose, but it's not overpowering. Then comes the lilac and a touch of chalk. The flavor comes across as warm vanilla pudding with flecks of lime zest and a touch of spice. Engaging and esoteric in the best way.

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