Karas Red Blend 2018

Tasting Notes

Aromas are smoky with a bit of earth and burnt sugar, mulberry, cassis red fruits, and something wildly Alpine and foresty. The palate is juicy and fresh, with wild berry flavors, spiced plum, cloves, herbal notes, and a slight herbaceousness. Moderate acidity and tannins. This is a wine with soul, medium bodied with a long finish.


Armenia is one of the world’s oldest winemaking regions. In ancient times it was quite large, including eastern Turkey, Azerbaijan, and Georgia in the area between the Caspian Sea and the Black Sea. The wild vine vitis vinifera silvestris, ancestor of today’s cultivated vinifera varieties, grew there over a million years ago. Petrified grape seeds have been found at Neolithic sites in its west, and archaeology has revealed extensive irrigation canals, wine cellars with large-scale production capacity, and large clay amphorae (karas) used to hold finished wine. Grape seeds reminiscent of today’s varieties have been found at sites on the Ararat plain dating to the 10th century BC, and sulfur sticks used in winemaking were excavated at a 7th century BC fortress. By the end of World War I, the average area of a peasant farm was just one hectare, and in 1920 private wineries were nationalized and combined into a wine trust and co-ops. Much production shifted to Russia and the Ukraine. With the dissolution of the USSR in 1991, Armenia has begun a new chapter in its wine history.


Food Pairing Suggestions

Cheese, Chicken/Turkey, East Asian (Chinese/Japanese/Korean), Ham, Hors d'oeuvres, Mushrooms, Pork, Roasted Root Vegetables, Tapas

Eastern Europe , Armenia
Grape Varietal:
35% Malbec, 35% Syrah/Shiraz, 20% Cabernet Franc, 10% Tannat
$14.00 each