Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Teliani Valley Mukuzani Saperavi 2006

After an enjoyable two week campaign of all California wines it's time to again get back into the tasting wines from around the world.  First up is my first wine from the Republic of Georgia. A Teliani Valley Mukuzani 2006($15) which was purchased at Total Wine & More in Virginia Beach in October.
The appellation controlled red dry wine "Mukuzani" is made from the Saperavi grape variety grown in Mukazani specific viticulture district of Kakheti.  An historical province in eastern Georgia, Kakheti is the country's most important wine region in quantitative, qualitative and even historic terms. Almost three-quarters of the country's wine grapes are grown here, on land that has been used for viticulture for thousands of years.
The Saperavi grapes are used predominately in the Republic of Georgia, but have spread to other regions of Eastern Europe more recently. Saperavi cultivars are also being grown in New World wine regions; notably in the Finger Lakes, New York area vineyards.
A dark ruby color with some mineral and spice and lots of black cherry on the nose.  Spice, pepper, cherry and blackberry filled the mouth. The finish was long and very dry with some vanilla spice and a hint of smoke or toast. A very nice and pleasing wine.  Very easy to find on-line, but may be difficult to locate in smaller cities, but worth the effort to locate.  Highly Recommended

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