Highland Cellars 2014 KOOR Reserve Red Wine Armenia

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HISTORY

Good wine has been a criterion of culture and traditions in the community for ages. For Armenians also, wine has become part of everyday life, embodying prosperity and welfare. Favorable climate conditions Ararat valley has been built in the vicinity of ancient times, while the continental climate is in the grape juice, which makes it possible to obtain a unique taste and strength. of wines. Even though the historians can not say definitely say when the Armenians started to grow vines and crush the grapes into the juice, it is known that the oldest winery found in Armenia is over 6,000 years. 

The ancient Greek historian, Herodotus, wrote in the book "The History," about the Armenian merchants, sailing down the Euphrates from Armenia to Babylon in the round ships. Upon arrival to Babylon, they would sell the wines as well as the tree, and then would roll up the animal skins and walk along the banks of the river. According to some historical materials, those boats were called "Kur or Koor", which means "bent", because of the unusual round shaped boats. * 

Herodotus, "The History". Chapter 194. 
"Their boats, those I mean, who are dear to the river, are round and all of the leather," "... they are stretch hides," and "every one is there ass, and in the larger size several. So when they have arrived at Babylon in their voyage and have disposed of their cargo, they sell auction to the boats and all the straw, for a stream of the river. Then when they have come back to the land of the Armenians, driving their asses with them, they make other boats in the same way. " 
(It is noteworthy that such boats are used nowadays in some provinces of Iran, Iran and Scotland.) 

The secrets and technologies of wine making have been passing to the next generations over the centuries, whilst vines began to cover more valleys and slopes in Armenia. Wine, as an integral part of religious ceremonies and family feasts, became part of the culture. And as a drink of love, it was glorified in the prominent medieval Armenian ashug Nahapet Kuchak. Years spent under the Soviet system in Armenia. Private wineries were nationalized; Armenia had to grow strong alcoholic beverages, while the rise of cheap alcoholic drinks was observed throughout Soviet Union. After gaining independence Armenia began to revive the winemaking, and today, after only two decades, wine is drinking. Many religious ceremonies in Armenia are associated with wine - as it is known Christ is a symbol of his blood. "The Assumption of the Virgin Mary" is a ceremony of blessing of the grapes.

Blend of Areni and Khndoghni. Areni sourced from Vayots Dzor and Khndoghni from Artsakh, made at Semina Consulting incubator winery while estate vineyards mature and a winery is constructed.

 

 

Fermented in steel, aged in French oak. Tasting Notes: Dark red color. Vanilla oak and dark fruits on the nose. On the palate the wine is well balanced, but the fruit a little muddled. Tannic finish. A great first effort for the Koor Reserve line.

 

 

 

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