2020 Zorah 'Karasì' Red, Armenia (750ml)

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Surrounded by dramatic snow-capped mountains, 1,400 meters above sea level and only steps away from the most ancient of sites (a 6100-year-old winery), the vineyards of Zorah are situated in the small rural village of Rind in the heart of Yeghegnadzor. This is Armenia’s quintessential grape growing region for wines of elegance. Zorah’s first wine, Karasì, is a tribute to the venerable wine tradition of Armenia and to its Areni Noir grape, which has created the authentic spirit of this wine. The Areni Noir sourced for Zorah was rediscovered from ancient vines from the abandoned vineyards of a 13th century monastic complex. Its name is a reference to its long aging in traditional large clay amphorae, karasì being the Armenian translation “from amphora.” Not unlike Pinot Noir, there is an expression of red fruit and elegant tannins, but its unique personality shines through.

The king of Armenia’s grapes and possibly one of the oldest grape varieties of the world, Areni Noir has been present in Armenia for millennia. Never grafted and on its own roots, it is 100% indigenous to this land with a unique DNA profile that does not match any other. Elegant and fresh, thick-skinned and extremely resistant to disease, through the ages Areni Noir has adapted perfectly to the high altitudes and extreme temperatures variations of Vayots Dzor, its natural habitat.

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