Armenian Wines Are Kicking With Quality


Armenian wines—regardless of a checkered previous—look towards a superb future.

In a land resembling a cross between rural Utah, inland California and South Pass, Wyoming, with a capital metropolis (Yerevan) that’s protected, enticing and progressive, trendy Armenian winemakers are a various and hardy lot. Representative backgrounds embrace that of a Berkeley chef, a Milanese trend guru, an Argentinian infrastructure billionaire, a Moscow MBA graduate and the household of a Bostonian sufferer of previous Bolshevik repression.

This land—smaller than the nation of Belgium or the dimensions of the U.S. states of Delaware and Vermont mixed—has prior to now 5 years seen a grueling four-day warfare in addition to a separate Velvet Revolution that toppled the federal government. This interval additionally included a consuming revolution the place wine bars within the capital of Yerevan blossomed tenfold, and 25 new wineries had been based in simply 2018.

Armenian Wine In History

Beginning over a decade in the past a sequence of archaeological ‘firsts’ had been found in a cliffside cave close to the mountain city of Areni. These included the earliest identified shoe, the oldest identified mind tissue from the Old World and a 6,100-year-old vineyard—the earliest ever found on earth. In what’s now often known as the Areni-1 Cave, the general public can view clay cylindrical containers (every greater than a yard/meter in diameter) the place wine was produced for burial ceremonies.

Boris Gasparyan of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia spoke about this cave.

“When you map all the early sites regarding ancient winemaking, they are all religious. We hypothesize that wine appeared in the context of religion. It was not any everyday product until the Iron Age.” (In the area the place Armenia is situated, the Iron Age started about 1,200 BC.)

The fact is evident: whether or not for rituals or rest, Armenia’s descendants have been sipping fermented grape juice for millennia.

During Soviet rule between 1920 and 1991, winemaking in Armenia suffered from a heavy deal with amount over high quality. Brandy was then thought-about extra vital to provide than wine. In 1980, Armenia produced 1 / 4 of all brandy consumed within the Soviet Union.

Aramis Mkrtchyan, a viticulture specialist on the Vine & Wine Foundation of Armenia, instructed of this previous.

“During the time of the Soviet union, all wineries belonged to the government. They destroyed many vines and there was no interest in know-how. They produced high quantities of very sweet wines according to planned production. Just three years ago there was no organization to unify producers around the table to work together and strategize. Now Armenian wine producers are more unified after the wine sector was recognized by the government as key for the economy.”

A go to to some Armenian wineries reveals how this nation’s winemakers kind a proud group that’s unusually replete with large considering entrepreneurs.

Karina Baghdasaryan, PR/Marketing director for the Vine & Wine Foundation of Armenia, instructed of the nation’s latest wine historical past.

“There’s a lot of new foreign investment, often by Armenians living overseas. In the next two years we expect millions of dollars in investment, mostly in vineyards. Annually, we produce 10 million liters [2.6 million gallons] and export three million liters [0.8 million gallons].”

Grapes

Grapes develop in 5 viticultural areas within the nation, and—based on the Vine & Wine Foundation of Armenia—the nation has greater than 400 indigenous grape varieties, or about half as many as Italy, which is geographically 10 occasions bigger. Of that complete quantity, 31 grapes are used to make wine. For whites, frequent grapes embrace Voskehat and Kangun. For reds, Areni guidelines. (Areni is usually known as Areni Noir.)

Wine created from the Areni grape is a little bit of a chameleon—suppose Merlot blended with Pinot Noir, or Syrah merging with the swimming power of an Ökügözü. Areni can lilt and seduce, or shout and command. Think cherries and spice: the kick of a Carménère with the assured ease and delicate construction of a Beaujolais cru. Here is each grit and velvet, zest and sweetness, versatility and confidence. Areni may be female in addition to masculine, although extra of the previous. It’s extra quietly seductive than overtly flirtatious. It’s Penny Lane by the Beatles quite than Rolling Stone’s Satisfaction, lamb chops greater than grilled sirloin—however solely barely so. More proper financial institution than left financial institution Bordeaux, extra Rhône valley than Cahors.

But—solely simply so. Areni huddles near the ridge line that divides roundness/assertive distinctions. Sometimes it crosses over, like a daring and curious cadet who dashes over a border for a fast peek earlier than jogging again.

The high quality of Armenia’s prime wines at this time—whether or not white or purple, rosé or effervescent—is steadily stellar. One key purpose is that a number of Armenians who left the nation are returning, armed with ample money, enterprise and advertising savvy and networks of wine consulting contacts to help their efforts. Another issue is that over the last three years the federal government has begun a severe push to help winemakers market this ‘Sacred Land of Wine.’

Climate may be difficult. Subzero temperatures within the province of Armavir, for instance, end in some wineries needing to bury the bottom of their vines throughout winter to guard them. Non-indigenous grape varieties can undergo in adversarial situations. Yet winemakers are fast to adapt. One defined how when their Chardonnay and Colombard grapes had been broken by frost, native Rkatsiteli grapes (sometimes utilized in Georgia for wine and in Armenia for brandy) had been used as a substitute to provide their additional brut glowing wine. Conversely, aridity from blistering summer time warmth requires irrigation in most vineyards.

Oak

Many wineries use Armenian oak (often known as Caucasian oak as a result of a lot originates within the Caucasus mountains) which may be as much as 250 years previous. The value of those oak barrels is a couple of quarter the price of imported French oak. This wooden originates from forests within the Artsakh area (often known as Nagorno-Karabakh) which is disputed territory—self-proclaimed as autonomous however internationally acknowledged in any other case. This oak gives robust flavors together with candy tones akin to vanilla, in addition to spiciness and aromas of eucalyptus.

Ararat Mkrtchyan of Voskeni Wines studied arithmetic in Moscow, then labored with Deloitte earlier than returning to work together with his household’s Armenian vineyard. He spoke about this oak.

“Armenian oak is considered more intense than French oak because the humidity is lower. So, it requires less contact time with wine. It is a different and darker species of oak with tighter porosity and has spicy potential for wines. But it must be well prepared and dried for at least three years to avoid the taste of green tannins.”

The final stipulation—requisite getting older—was uncared for by many wineries prior to now.

Modern Winemakers

A cross part of recent Armenian winemakers, listed beneath, verbally spotlight latest traits and adjustments within the nation. Some showcase gargantuan efforts to remodel biblical desert lands into fertile vineyards.

Karas Wines

The Armavir Province is largest by way of amount of wine manufacturing in Armenia. It can be a middle for producing brandy. Views to the south embrace the dual peaks of Mount Ararat in Turkey (Noah’s ark territory). Much of this arid, rocky, hardscrabble terrain is irrigated by concrete channels and divided by stone partitions.

Within Armavir, Karas Wines is owned and managed by Armenian-Argentinian uncle and niece Eduardo Eurnekian and Juliana Del Aguila Eurnekian, who bought virtually 9 sq. miles of land (2,300 hectares) fifteen years in the past, and ultimately remodeled 1,00Zero acres (400 hectares) into vineyards after spending three years ameliorating the land (mainly, eradicating rocks). They plant varied worldwide whites—together with Chardonnay, Colombard and Viognier—in addition to worldwide and native reds akin to Syrah, Areni and Khndoghni. Two giant reservoirs irrigate not solely 32 forms of grapes (not all used to make wine), but in addition peaches, apricots, plums and walnuts. Syrah grows particularly properly right here. Michel Rolland consults for the property.

Astghik Derdzyan of Karas spoke about producing wine in Armavir.

“From July to August the temperature here is 45 to 48 degrees Celsius (113 to 118 degrees Fahrenheit) without rain, so we utilize drip irrigation systems from Israel. But volcanic soils between Aragats and Ararat mountains give good structure to wines, even though the vines are young.”

Voskeni Wines

Portions of Armevir, with patches of watermelons and views of dry, distant peaks, resemble scenes from the U.S. state of New Mexico. Here, 20 miles (30 kilometers) north of the Turkish border, Voskeni Wines sits on elevated chaparral off a dust street. Dogs lie sunning on crunchy volcanic soils, cooled by refreshing winds. This is hard, although tranquil terrain.

This Mkrtchyan household owned enterprise is more and more run by the proprietor’s son Ararat and his sister Alina. Both returned from working in Moscow, the place one consulted on finance and the opposite ran a trend journal. They defined that their forefather moved to Armenia from Boston within the 1920’s to arrange a vineyard, however was suspected of being a spy and consequently had his land confiscated. In 2008, a member of the family offered paperwork exhibiting they owned the property. But as a result of going to courtroom can be prolonged and cumbersome, the household as a substitute bought their very own land again. Ararat’s father constructed a home and vineyard and annually visitors go to their out of doors classical music live performance. Their wines are created from indigenous grapes, many from vines as much as 70 years previous. Red grapes embrace Areni, Khndogni and Kakhet, whereas whites embrace Voskehat, Kangun, Khatun and Qrditchakat.

 Ararat respects the historical past of their land.

“This is the site of a 1918 Turkish/Armenian battle, the day after Armenia declared independence. All the church bells in the region rang to rally the locals to fight.”

Old Bridge Wine Cellar

Further south and barely east of Armevir, the Vayots Dzor Province consists of the best amount of Armenian wineries. This is the place the Areni-1 cave advanced is situated, and traditionally was floor zero for planting Areni grapes. This is a land of errant cows, capped shepherds, vans piled excessive with hay bales, concrete block eating places and roadside stall distributors promoting apples. Here rise tall peaks with toothy ridges abutted by sandy coloured rock outcrops. This land has a way of each wild desolation and buzzing peace inside small valley villages, the place rivers keep lushness. The riverside street resulting in Areni resembles parts of Colorado’s Glenwood Canyon—the place wealthy riparian tamarisk grows beneath stone cliffs that hug roadsides.

Old Bridge Wine Cellar is known as after a close-by 13th century bridge, and is situated within the valley via which Marco Polo traveled. The proprietor Armen Khalatyan labored as a Soviet educated digital engineer earlier than he started rising vines twenty years in the past. Khalatyan makes use of solely Caucasian oak and irrigates vines with open channel water flows. The largest markets for his 16,00Zero-bottle manufacturing (largely purple) are the U.S. and Switzerland. He spoke about wines within the area.

“It’s been about two years since our government started paying attention to winemakers, in comparison with Georgia—when 20 years ago winemaking was recognized as very important for the economy. We have good support from colleagues in France, Argentina, USA and Italy for presenting many master classes and workshops. The Areni grape does well in this region because of the soil composition—volcanic with rich minerality. We have three or four different clones and grow it from about 1,000 up to 1,800 meters (3,200 to 6,000 feet) elevation, at the village of Khachik.”

Zorah Wines

Zork Gharibian, proprietor of Zorah Wines, labored within the trend business in Milan, Italy, earlier than deciding to make wine in Armenia. His two purple wines are aged in amphorae and have been internationally pivotal in gaining the nation renown for high quality manufacturing.

“I’m not a amount man. We’re a boutique vineyard. Zorah is a ardour, however I additionally must suppose in a enterprise method. The starting was the yr 2000 and the purpose to make wine with native grapes, aged in amphorae, with worldwide credentials. We’re now in 25 eating places in Italy.

“This is the quintessential wine area—excessive and windy—and we by no means cowl our grapes throughout winter. There’s a combination of volcanic and sedimentary rock. Sand covers large stones coated by limestone—wonderful drainage. Frost cuts our amount, however helps present high quality. Areni is the king of purple varieties in Armenia, and we don’t have phylloxera right here, so there is no such thing as a grafting. This nation has rather a lot to remain, and we’re simply beginning.”

Hin Areni Vineyards

Located throughout the hillside city of Areni and acquired by the present homeowners in 2013, 80% of the 120,00Zero-bottle manufacturing is created from Areni, with the steadiness created from white Voskehat grapes. All wines age for at least 18 months in each Caucasian and Hungarian oak. Winemaker Vahe Harutyunyan instructed of particular components impacting wine manufacturing, together with Three,00Zero hours of daylight a yr, volcanic soils, elevations between about four,300 and four,600 toes (1,300 and 1,400 meters) and diurnal temperature variations of about 35 levels Fahrenheit (20 levels Celsius).

Wine Works

On a wall inside this facility on the outskirts of Yerevan, an enormous map identifies the place completely different indigenous grapes develop. To create this map, Vahe Keushguerian—founder and CEO of Wine Works—immersed himself within the native wine tradition. Born in Beirut and schooled in Armenia, he ran a restaurant in Berkeley, California, in 1985. Today he’s aided by his daughter Aimee in working a consulting and winemaking enterprise in Armenia. He is basically a sensible man.

“I’m not romantic. I don’t ever look again. I began in California 30 years in the past, importing Italian and worldwide wines, then moved to Tuscany and made wine. In 2009 I got here again to Armenia with my spouse and twins Aimee and Luca. Nobody in Armenia drank dry wines. Ladies drank candy wine and guys chugged down vodka. And instantly, in six months—curiosity elevated, and all of the dry wine was gone. I obtained this area and commenced experimenting with indigenous varieties. This area was making wine at the least 2000 years earlier than Western Europe.

“Areni wine was valued as a result of it might survive transport to Sumeria. Today, Areni is ungrafted and unaffected by phylloxera. Limestone and volcanic soils are finest for it as a result of for phylloxera to unfold you want clay, which cracks and lets the creatures journey underground. There are benefits to rootstock utilized in grafting—it provides consistency to yields. But ungrafted vines are cheaper and may develop for 120 years. Finding vines that previous in Europe is troublesome. The magnificence is that these previous vines simply hold taking place.

“Today, we’re carrying the torch of 6000 years that was virtually extinguished throughout the Soviet period. We’re spreading the gospel.”

ArmAs Winery

ArmAs Winery is situated throughout the western Aragatsotn wine area. Victoria Aslanian is in her 30’s and spent 18 years residing within the U.S. She obtained her MA in artwork historical past in Berkeley, her MBA in Moscow and studied a distance course on viticulture from the University of California, Davis. For a decade she has been CEO of this household owned vineyard which incorporates 440 acres (180 hectares) of land surrounded by a 10-mile (17 kilometer) stone wall. To keep away from hail, the vineyard makes use of a Soviet developed gun that shoots propane gasoline into clouds to disperse them. Water and electrical energy outages pushed the vineyard to dig their very own reservoirs and buy turbines.

“There was solely rocks and snakes when my father first arrived right here. No roads or electrical energy. We’re on the 45th parallel, which is sweet for rising grapes. We’ve planted 400,00Zero vines on 120 hectares (290 acres). It took 15,00Zero truckloads of 10 tonnes every to maneuver the rocks we cleared. Herodotus spoke of the wine commerce right here, which is why we’re calling this a wine ‘renaissance.’ But combating nature is like combating god; she or he will at all times win.”

Maran Winery

Frunzik Harutyunyan studied winemaking at a college in Yerevan and labored in France as an assistant winemaker at Château Mouton Rothschild in Bordeaux in addition to in Côte-Rôtie within the Rhone Valley and at Savigny-les-Beaune in Burgundy. His household vineyard makes use of indigenous Armenian grapes, in addition to varieties akin to Malbec.

“My father studied wine technology in Crimea. He and my mother were making wine in small glass containers in the basement. Today we produce 40,000 bottles and export to France, Russia and the Czech Republic. Our vines include one hectare (2.5 acres) with 200-year-old vines, which is high on a mountain and difficult to cultivate.”

Tasting Armenian Wines

Tasting notes for varied Armenian wines are offered beneath.

The listed wines from the primary eight wineries scored (subjectively) between 92 and 97 factors on a 100-point scale.

Many wines beneath are evaluated for worth as ‘good ♫,’ ‘excellent ♫♫,’ or ‘superlative ♫♫♫’ based mostly on a proprietary Vino Value Algorithm. Prices are native retail equivalents in US .

Karas Wines. Areni & Khndoghni. 2018. $15.00 Local Price [Excellent Value ♫♫]

First produced from the 2016 classic and made with out oak, this purple is an actual steak beggar—with acidic juiciness—and in addition properly balanced and silky. On the nostril—plums, licorice, blueberries. Outstanding.

Karas Wines. Reserve (purple). 2014. $24.00 Local Price [Good Value ♫]

This low maceration wine was aged in French oak for 14 months and is a 40/25/25/10 mix of Syrah, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Brandy on the nostril, in addition to clover, tar and eucalyptus. In the mouth, this consists of tastes of chocolate wafers, mint and oranges.

Voskeni Wines. Areni Dry Red. 2016. $eight.50 Local Price [Superlative Value ♫♫♫]

Plenty occurring right here that displays the flexibility of previous vine Areni grapes—the nostril consists of aromas of plums, cherries, licorice, lime and blueberries. In the mouth—cumin meets cherries. Deeply wealthy and barely peppery. Think Syrah meets vibrant Ökügözü wine from Turkey (which grapes—based on Voskeni winemaker Ghevond Petrosyan—additionally as soon as grew within the Armenian highlands).

Voskeni Wines. Sardarapati Reserve. 2016. [Local Price and Value Scoring Unavailable]

Made from previous vine Areni grapes rising behind the house of the homeowners within the Ararat Valley. This is aged two years in Caucasian oak and consists of Burgundian, peppery, luscious aromas. This is a tightrope walker—mild however nonetheless daring and full bodied. Pull out this bottle earlier than a roaring hearth after dinner with shut buddies on the base of mountains. A very wonderful and memorable wine.

Hin Areni Wine Factory. Voskehat Reserve Dry White. 2016. $23.00 Local Price [Value Scoring Unavailable]

A beneficiant and open dose of glycerol aromas that embrace spearmint. This is gorgeously drinkable wine with tastes of mint and grapefruit. Impressive. 5,00Zero bottles produced per yr.

Hin Areni Wine Factory. Areni Reserve Dry Red. 2016. $17.00 Local Price [Excellent Value ♫♫]

Violets, mocha and tar on the nostril and a full swirling mouthful of sun-drenched fruit that may make you need to carry on consuming. A luscious wine that swims within the mouth. 10,00Zero bottles produced yearly. Impressive.

Old Bridge Winery. Voskehat Dry White. 2018. $12.00 Local Price [Superlative Value ♫♫♫]

Aged in 350 liter Armenian barrels for 18 months, this consists of lovely delicate florals on the nostril and aromas of honey, grapefruit and quince. In the mouth—shortbread and lime, toast and salt and gingerbread. Fresh and zesty with nice construction and presence. This is a hefty, wonderful wine. Outstanding worth for this high quality.

Old Bridge Winery. Areni Noir Reserve. 2017. $14.50 Local Price [Superlative Value ♫♫♫]

Black cherries, black currants, licorice, smoke, tar and darkish raisins on the nostril. In the mouth it is a cherry and spice delight—walnuts, hazelnuts, inexperienced apple skins, nutmeg and oranges. Aged for 18 months in Caucasian oak, this wine features a spicy cherry power that zips and buckles and satisfies.

Zorah. Voskì (white). 2017. [Local Price and Value Scoring Unavailable.]

Made from 100% Voskehat (which implies, in Armenian, ‘golden drop’) this wine is aged one yr in a concrete tank and has aromas of crushed gooseberries, flint, apple peel and lime. It tastes clear, lean and nutty and has ample minerality. The dominant high quality of refined tropical fruits is underlain by a quiet, virtually smoky, nuttiness. A silky magnificence.

Zorah. Yerez Old Vines (purple). 2014. [Local Price and Value Scoring Unavailable.]

Made from previous bush vines rising a couple of mile above sea stage (1,600 meters), that is aged for 2 years in amphorae and huge casks created from non-toasted French oak from the Allier forest. It consists of aromas of cherries, black pepper and contemporary chocolate brownies and tastes of a splash of Cayenne pepper blended with cherry liqueur goodies. Silky acidity. This has the lightness of a Pinot Noir and is a creamy, velvety delight. A stunning wine.

WineWorks. Oshin Voskehat. 2017. $25.00 Local Price [Good Value ♫]

This Three-month barrel fermented wine consists of aromas of vanilla and sweet and butter and tastes creamy within the mouth. Three,00Zero bottles produced per yr.

WineWorks. Zulal Areni/Syrah/Sireni. 2017. $14.99 Local Price [Superlative Value♫♫♫]

This 70/20/10 mix of Areni, Syrah and Sireni grown on volcanic soils consists of aromas of black peppers and cranberries and within the mouth has a creamy style of cherries. Delicious.

ArmAs. Karmahyut Reserve (purple). 2014. $24.65 Local Price [Good Value ♫]

Made from the Karmahyut grape, which implies ‘red juice’ and aged 24 months in each French and Caucasian oak. Aromas just like that of a Barolo, with dried raisins and cedar. After 5 minutes within the glass that is as juicy as a watermelon, and consists of tastes of oranges and brownies. This is a layer cake and a rodeo of taste. Use an enormous Burgundian glass for this one. Think Barolo merges with Brunello. Beautiful.

ArmAs. Kangun. 2013. $13.65 Local Price [Superlative Value ♫♫♫]

Aromas of juicy molasses and zested oranges in addition to crushed mint leaves, pounded cloves, aniseed and ginger on this advanced white from winemaker Emilio Del Medico. This is a vacation spice cake, a viscous river of advanced finish of yr seasonal flavors. Beautiful.

Maran Winery. Noravank Areni Noir. 2018. $eight.00 Local Price [Superlative Value ♫♫♫]

This 100% Areni wine is created from property grapes rising on excessive altitude volcanic soils and consists of aromas of orange rind, dried figs, blackberries and cherries. It’s as silky as a well-made proper financial institution Bordeaux mix and consists of tastes of licorice and plums. Will remind drinkers of each Merlot and Pinot Noir. 14% alcohol. 15,00Zero bottles produced.

Maran Winery. Malahi (purple). 2018. $10.50 Local Price [Excellent Value ♫♫]

The Areni grape was additionally referred to as ‘Black Malahi’ till the identify was modified in 1947. This 50/25/25 mix of Areni, Khndoghni and Malbec is made predominantly from previous vines (solely the Malbec vines are new) and consists of aromas of truffles and black fruit whereas the style is of gritty black licorice and darkish plums. This has energy and heft and is able to pair with grilled steak. Think extra Cahors than Bordeaux.

NOA Winery. Reserve (purple). 2018. (90+ factors) $30.00 Local Price [Value Scoring Unavailable]

Well made, energetic wine with a creamy cherry tasting smoothness.

Tus Wines. Lalvari Reserve (white). 2017. (90+ factors) $26.25 Local Price [Good Value ♫]

This white, created from the indigenous Lalvari grape from the Tavush province of Armenia spends 18 months in new Caucasian oak and is superbly easy with a inexperienced spearmint nostril and a brittle style.

Yerevan Champagne Factory. Sparkling Pomegranate Wine. Non-Vintage. (90+ factors) $four.20 Local Price [Excellent Value ♫♫]

This features a dusty cedar aroma and a lightweight and brilliant flush of fruit within the mouth.

Noya Tapan. White Wine (Rkatsiteli grape). 2018. (90+ factors) $eight.40 Local Price [Excellent Value ♫♫]

Stone fruit and lime on the nostril and a mouthful that swims with peaches, pears, quince and hazelnuts.

Rikars. Davit Areni. 2017. (90+ factors) $eight.40 [Superlative Value ♫♫♫]

Co-founder Riccardo Gagliardi and helping oenologist Silva Atoyan created this wine that aged for 14 months in Caucasian oak. The aromas embrace buckets of blackberries and juniper and the style shouts of cherries.

B.H. Brandy Company. Berdashen Khindoghni purple wine. 2017. (90+ factors) $9.45 Local Price [Good Value ♫]

This spends six months in oak and has mild cherry aromas and a style of purple currants and brilliant fruit.

Ijevan Wine and Brandy Factory. Sargon (purple). (90+ factors) $7.75 Local Price [Excellent Value ♫♫]

Made from Tigrani and Karmrahyut grapes, this features a buckling contemporary younger nostril and tastes that embrace oranges, nutmeg and cloves.

GN Winery. Van Cat Areni. 2018. (90+ factors) [Local Price and Value Scoring unavailable]

Big Burgundian fashion aromas from this Areni purple wine that embrace lavender and rose petals.

Agro Management—Alluria. The Special Red Natural Wine. 2018. (90+ factors) $16.80 [Excellent Value ♫♫]

Made from the Khndoghni grape, this consists of aromas of brick, mandarins and oxtail soup in addition to butterscotch, chocolate and shortbread. In the mouth, a royal flush of Oreo cookies, aniseed and mandarins. As the winemaker says, it’s ‘wild and shiny.’

Jraghatspanyan Winery. Kangun White. 2018. (90+ factors) $eight.40 [Superlative Value ♫♫♫]

Jraghatspanyan means ‘miller’ in Armenian. This white wine is created from grapes that develop at 2,800 toes (850 meters) elevation by producers who’ve plied their craft since 2000. Serious floral aromas marching out right here in addition to a lightweight aroma of mandarins. This is as mild and intense as a Viognier. In the mouth—the style of strawberry shortbread and lemon meringue. Wow!

Vayk Group Wines. Kars City Dry White. 2017. (90+ factors) $10.50 [Good Value ♫]

This 100% Voskehat grape wine has wafting aromas, as if you had been passing via a kitchen whereas each a cheese soufflé and a lemon meringue pie had been within the oven cooking. Brandy and wildflower aromas additionally. In the mouth, an explosion of contemporary white peaches and aniseed. Slightly tart, however distinctive.

Kataro by Domain. Siren Dry Red. 2015. (90+ factors) $12.60 [Superlative Value ♫♫♫]

Made from the Sireni (Khndoghdni) grape, this has a whispy, alluring smooth nostril with brick and blackberries. This is an opulent and rolling and simple to drink wine with tastes of orange rinds and star aniseed. This household manufacturing vineyard has operated since 1990 and now sells to the U.S. in addition to to Europe and Russia.

Matevosyan Wine. Areni Dry Red. 2017. (90+ factors) $5.25 [Excellent Value ♫♫]

Aromas of lime and rose petals. In the mouth the mild style of a lightweight Pinot Noir and orange rinds.



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