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2012 Kalecik Karası “Tuğra Series”

2012 Kalecik Karası “Tuğra Series”

[fb_like url=”” style=”standard” font=”arial” action=”like” width=”450″ height=”30″ position=”none”] This week I am turning my attention to one of the most famous vineyards in Turkey, Doluca, and tasting the 2012 Kalecik Karası “Tuğra Series”. The grape is from the small village of Kalecik in the Ankara province and is a autochthon varietal grape, one of my favourite Anatolian grapes. It is cultivated in and around the village and the micro-climate created by the local river Kızırlırmak helps to make it one of the best wines in Turkey. There have been successful attempts to grow this grape in other parts of central Anatolia so it is now one of the most extensively cultivated grapes. It is a sensitive grape so it is as difficult as Pinot Noir to cultivate actually. The Kalecik Karası is an easy wine to drink, smooth with medium acidity and tanin, fruity with some spices like black pepper, its aroma and taste reminds me of delicate wine from Meridionale Rhône valley in France. Medium bodied, fruity with hints of dark black cherries, mulberries and figs. At more than 14% alcohol it is a strong wine. It definitely shows the best of Kalecik with a little bitterness on the finish, which is not unpleasant. Pour the wine into a karaf 15-30 minutes before serving! The oxygen will help to bring all the aromas out. I suggest to serve this wine at a temperature of between 14 to 16 degrees maximum, maybe even cooler in summer. In terms of food and wine harmony, you should drink it with meat or meze; but may I suggest you to go against all...
2013 Urla Serendias Rosé

2013 Urla Serendias Rosé

[fb_like url=”” style=”standard” font=”arial” action=”like” width=”450″ height=”30″ position=”none”] I have just returned from a wonderful visit to the URLA Winery in Izmir, Turkey. A big thank you to the young oenologue Hasan Deniz for showing me the vineyard and arranging a tasting. Now how about the wine? I tasted the 2013 Urla Serendias Rosé which is made with Syrah and Sangiovese grapes. It is a light pink, salmon colour with a very elegant strawberry and gooseberry smell. There is a good balance between the fruit and the alcohol/acidity. This wine is perfect with any cold or hot summer appetiser and white cheeses, but no spices. Why not drink it for pleasure as an aperitif or by the pool after swimming this summer? There will be more from me on this winery in the coming weeks, watch this...
Arcadia A Series Blend

Arcadia A Series Blend

[fb_like url=”” style=”standard” font=”arial” action=”like” width=”450″ height=”30″ position=”none”] Today I am reviewing a bottle of Arcadia A Series Blend from 2011 which is a full bodied, aromatic wine in a Bordeaux style made with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc from the vineyards of Arcadia Wines and Vineyards in northwest Turkey. The wine has been aged for 12 months in French oak barrels and it was a very good year for the Cabernet and Merlot grapes in Turkey. After opening, the cork is nice, smells of red currants…a good start! I decided not to serve it in a carafe to start with, I wanted to see what it tastes like just after opening. The colour is deep red, transparent and shining purples. First nose, a smell of wood with dark fruity aromas coming behind. The bitterness, quite noticeable but acceptable, of both grapes is covering the fruit. There is a nice balance between alcohol acidity and Tanin, definitely it should be opened for 30-60 minutes, or decanted, before serving. Blend is 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Cabernet Franc. After decanting and leaving to breath for 30 minutes it is clear this wine is better for it. Now the bitterness is still there but totally pleasant, the texture is smooth, alcohol is quite present but it is 13.5% after all. I expect it will have a good potential for the next 3-5 years. It is a very nice wine which would compliment any grilled meat, stew or kebab...