Yacoubian Hobbs 2015 Sarpina Areni Vayots Dzor Armenia
92 points Wine Enthusiast - Deep cherry in the glass, this wine has a nose of raspberry and lavender. Made with the indigenous Armenian grape Areni, it is smooth on the palate, with flavors of black cherry, raspberry, dark chocolate and smoked meat. Fine-grained tannins fill the mouth and then drift off into a savory finish.
Selected as the finest Areni from the high elevation vineyards of Rind, Vayots Dzor, this wine exemplifies the future of Yacoubian-Hobbs wines.
Aged in French oak, and produced in small quantity, the ‘Sarpina’ is named for the posts used to train vines as is recorded in Armenian agricultural history books. With the name ‘Sarpina’ we honor Armenia’s rich, ancient wine history.
Vineyard source: Rind, Vayots Dzor
Varietal composition: 100% Areni
Wine profile: ripe red cherries, raspberries, redcurrants, and dried fruits, with nuanced chocolate, caramel, and vanilla notes. On the palate, the elegant flavors coupled with silky tannins create a full, round mouthfeel with a complexity and intensity that lingers on the finish.
Elevation: over 1,300 meters (4,000 feet)
Viticulture: plot/parcel selection
Winemaking: fermentation in stainless steel; aged 7 months in French oak barrels
Production: 275 cases
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