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'Karasi' Areni Noir, Zorah



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Key features

Grape VarietyAreni Noir



StyleFull & Opulent




Zorik Gharibian, an Armenian based in Italy, worked with two experts to find precisely the right location for this exciting project. After three years of research and detailed analysis of every aspect of the region, he finally bought the land in Vayotz Dzor. This is historically known as the most prestigious wine region in Armenia. The intention was to create a wine of the highest international quality. Winemaker Alberto Antonini and viticulturalist Stefano Bartolomei brought a great deal of passion and planning to the project, as well as a profound understanding of how to make it a success. The name Karasì is the Armenian word for "from amphora" - a reference to the wine being aged in traditional amphorae.

Made from indigenous grape Areni Noir, 30% of the wine is aged in 225 litre French oak barriques for nine months, 5% in 300 litre Armenian oak barriques for nine months and 35% in old 130 litre Armenian amphorae for 11 months. These are sealed with wax and are stored partially below ground to maintain a constant temperature.

Bright ruby red in colour, this wine has complex aromas of red fruits, lightly spiced with an elegant toasted note. The palate reflects the exotic nose with hints of soft red fruits, dried mountain herbs and wild earth. Generous and soft with balanced, full-bodied structure and mature tannins before a long, evolved mineral finish.

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