2017 Yacoubian-Hobbs 'Sarpina' Areni Rind, Vayots Dzor Armenia
Winemaker Notes: 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
Production: 275 cases
Internationally renowned winemaker Paul Hobbs and the Yacoubian family journey to the Birthplace of Wine to craft modern, world-class wines from the indigenous varieties found in the high altitude, mineral-rich soils of Vayots Dzor, Armenia. Their newly planted vineyards grow a stone’s throw away from the Areni-1 cave, the oldest known winery dating from over 6,000 years ago. With their local team, Paul and the Yacoubians are growing and crafting wines that confirm Armenia’s part not only in the ancient history of winemaking, but in its very relevant present and future amongst the great wine regions of the world. In the village of Rind, the Areni grape thrives in rich volcanic and limestone soils. Hot summers are tempered by cooler temperatures at these high elevation sites, and water is provided by the melting snowcaps atop Mount Ararat.
Wine Enthusiast - "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."