Yacoubian Hobbs 2018 Sarpina Areni Vayots Dzor Armenia

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93 Points Wine Enthusiast - Editor’s Choice - Deep ruby to the eye, this wine offers a bouquet of cassis, raspberry preserves and thyme. Flavors of black currant, raspberry, anise, Mediterranean herbs and milk chocolate are set into a network of plush tannins that fill the palate and then wind down towards a smooth 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

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