Voskevaz Karasi Collection Areni Noir 2015
The Voskevaz Karasi Collection contains some of Armenia's best and most innovative wines. Combining ancient and modern, the Karasi Collection wines are whole-cluster fermented in massive clay amphora (Karasi) then aged in Artsakh oak barrels. This technique produces highly aromatic and complex wines.
The 2015 Areni is made from grapes harvested from 120 year-old vines situated at 5,250 feet above sea level in the Vayots Dzor provence. Fermented in huge amphora with minimal intervention, the wine gets 12 months aging in Caucasian oak before bottling.
The 2015 is a light red color with cherry, bitter herbs and hints of oak on the nose. Amazingly pure Areni fruit on the palate, the wine gains complexity as it opens up in the glass. A delicate wine with an great balance between fruit and oak with a long finish.
The 2015 Karasi Collection Areni won a Gold Medal at the Spring 2018 Modus Vini International Wine Awards and a Silver Medal at the 2018 Decanter Magazine World Wine Awards.
In order not to overwhelm the nuances of this great wine, best to serve with poultry or veal dishes.