2014 Nelkarisi Saperavi Kekhati, Georgia
It is our distinct pleasure to once again offer the wines of Nelkarisi from the Republic of Georgia. Georgia is the cradle of wine civilization with a production history traced all the way back to 6000 BC. With the fall of the Soviet Union the Iron Curtain was drawn back to reveal a nation eager to share its proud wine history globally and reestablish itself in the wine world with an influx of western investment. Nelkarisi was formally established in 2009 by a group of eleven international friends with a deep passion for authentic Georgian wine. No expense has been spared in the development of the winery and its vineyards, and Nelkarisi is committed to producing its wine using only traditional methods and varietals. We look forward to your enjoyment of these wines. Saperavi is the premiere red grape from Georgia and carries a powerful opaque color thanks to its dark skin and juice. The nose reveals damp, mossy notes of earth and leather together with blackberry and cassis. The body seduces with ripe black cherry flavors and a layered velvety mouthfeel, reminiscent of a fine Red Burgundy with its bold and complex yet totally effortless style. The finish delivers a polished, elegant tannin and subtle nuances of rose, blackberry and spice. Best served alongside grilled red meats, the wine pairs particularly well with lamb or venison. Approachable today, the wine should evolve nicely over the next 10-12 years.