Karas 2016 – Armavir, Armenia

What a pleasant surprise.  I picked this up as a stopgap at the local liquor store.  The shop generally does well with whiskey, booze, and beer, but has an underwhelming wine track record of bad pricing and worse selection.  But not this.  Fresh cherry, red berries, and leather on the nose.  A bit of white pepper and slate.  More of the fresh berries on the fore palate, but opening up with a surprisingly lush flow of violets, currant, and chewy leather.  The finish echoes more cherries and a hint of vanilla and lasts longer than expected.  What a value!

  • Rating: Impressive
  • Name: Karas Red 2016
  • Winery: Karas Wines
  • Region: Armavir
  • Country: Armenia
  • Varietals: 35% Syrah, 35% Cot (Malbec), 20% Cabernet Franc, 10% Tannat
  • Price: $15
  • Where to Buy: Sherry’s

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