A complex wine with intense aromatics of ripe red cherries, black plum and dried flowers, followed by nuances of vanilla, cinnamon and chocolate. On the palate, the elegant flavors coupled with velvety tannins create a full, round mouthfeel with a complexity and intensity that lingers on the finish. This wine will continue to evolve and develop in the cellar for the next 5-7 years.
Varietal Composition: 100% Areni - an ancient variety indigenous to Armenia, Areni has adapted perfectly to the high altitude, mountainous region of Vayots Dzor, where the vines thrive on the rocky, mineral-rich, volcanic soils. This late-ripening grape makes fresh, elegant, structured wines with bright red fruit flavors, and a characteristic black pepper spice.
ArmeniaInternationally renowned winemaker Paul Hobbs and the Yacoubian family journey to the Birthplace of Wine to craft modern, world-class wines from the indigenous varieties found in the high altitude, mineral-rich soils of Vayots Dzor, Armenia. Their newly planted vineyards grow a stone’s throw away from the Areni-1 cave, the oldest known winery dating from over 6,000 years ago. With their local team, Paul and the Yacoubians are growing and crafting wines that confirm Armenia’s part not only in the ancient history of winemaking, but in its very relevant present and future amongst the great wine regions of the world.In the village of Rind, the Areni grape thrives in rich volcanic and limestone soils. Hot summers are tempered by cooler temperatures at these high elevation sites, and water is provided by the melting snowcaps atop Mount Ararat.
Winemaking: fermentation in stainless steel; aged 7 months in French oak barrels
Internationally renowned winemaker Paul Hobbs, and partners the Yacoubian family journey to the Birthplace of Wine to craft modern, world class wines from the indigenous varieties found in the high altitude, mineral rich soils ofVayots Dzor, Armenia. Their newly planted vineyards grow a stone's throw away from the Areni-1 cave, the oldest known winery dating from over 6,000 years ago. With their local team, Paul and the Yacoubi ans are growing and crafting wines that confirm Armenia's part not only in the ancient history of winemaking, but in its very relevant present and future amongst the great wine regions of the world.
Founded on a partnership forged from friendship and a shared passion for wine in 2008, the journey between Paul and the Yacoubian brothers represents a commitment to the exploration, and authentic cultivation and promotion of the world's oldest wine region. The Yacoubians'grandparents escaped from Armenia in the diaspora of the early 20th cent ury— their return pays homage to a heritage that survives in the vibrancy of their Armenian community abroad, and locally with their friends and family in Los Angeles.
Here in the mountainous Vayots Dzor, extremely rocky soils of volcanic origin and limestone, and an extended growing season provide unique terroir for indigenous varieties such as the country's emblematic red grape: areni.
"The soul of a wine is when it speaks to a place. If you don't have that, then you've missed everything. And that quest is why we're so fired up to be here. "
- Paul Hobbs