Updated: Dec 1, 2019
Karmrahyut Reserve 2013
It is my first evening in Yerevan. I am quite excited when the waitress gives me the wine list. After a careful screening I opt for this Karmrahyut Reserve 2013 produced by ArmAs. Its vineyards are planted in the Aragatsotn Province at 1,400m above the sea level. It is a 100% indigenous Karmrahyut grape. Karmrahyut in Armenians means “red juice”. The grapes ferment at controlled temperatures of 25 to 27°C with selected yeasts. Then the wine remains sur lie (lees contact) with monthly bâtonnage, aging 12 months in French oak and other 12 months in new Kharabagh oak barrels. Kenaced!
In the glass the wine has a purple colour. The intensity is medium.
The aroma intensity is medium plus. It is a blaze of red fruits with hints of tomato leaf and rose. There are spicy notes of white pepper, liquorice and dark chocolate. Despite the 24 months in oak, the fruit aromas are vivacious. The barrel donates elegant notes of cedar, toast and vanilla. As tertiaries aromas, I can smell the red stew fruits, fig and a hint of cinnamon.
In the mouth, the wine is pure velvet. It is dry, with medium high acidity and medium plus tannin. The alcohol is medium (13%). The flavour intensity and the finish are both medium plus. On the palate, I can find the same fragrances enjoyed with the nostrils. I can taste also notes of charred wood and cloves. The wine is still really vibrant and lively despite it is a 2013.
This nectar won’t make you dream, it is not suggested for your nihilist meditation sessions, but it is perfect to wash down your meal. It is a wine good for everybody: from those who like easy wines to the soviet nostalgic… and we are a lot!