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Samvelyan Areni from Armenia – “the dominant notes seems to be cherry and pomegranate. Despite its low alcohol content, it is reminiscent of liqueur: dense, opulent and intense with high acidity. It also had an impression of a fortified wine.”

According to Gregory Areshian, co-director of the excavation and assistant director of the University of California Los Angeles’s Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, in a story for CNN, the discovery of a wine cave in Armenia is the “oldest proven case of documented and dedicated wine production, stretching back the horizons of this important development by thousands of years.” Despite this, very little is known in Europe about wines from Armenia, a mountainous country of some three million people in the South Caucasus.

Autochthoinos is therefore pleased to present a review of Samveljan Areni from Armenia, and looks forward to providing further tasting notes from some of the Caucasus’s lesser known wine producing regions.

By Mariusz Rybak

Details

  • Name – Samvelyan Areni
  • Website – www.aramewine.com
  • Vintage – 2005
  • Variety – Areni
  • Region – Armavir, Armenia
  • Alcohol – 11.5%

Tasting Notes

  • The dominant notes seems to be cherry and pomegranate;
  • Despite its low alcohol content, it is reminiscent of liqueur: dense, opulent and intense with high acidity;
  • It also had an impression of a fortified wine;
  • Orange reflexes;
  • Enjoyed served with Polish sausage and English cheddar cheese.

Mariusz Rybak is currently researching Serbian wine culture and the notion of wine as a cultural good. His musings on such topics can be read on his blog, Kawa and Vino.

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