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2013 Kayra Öküzgözü Vintage Collectible Series #5, Turkey, Elazig, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2013
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$30.00USD

This is a seriously good wine and stood out at a tasting of recent Turkish wines.  It is made from the Öküzgözü grape.  The name means eye of the Bull.  Some claim this is one of the original species of Vitis Vinifera grapes from the fertile crescent with a 7,000 year history.  Purple in color, ruby at the rim.  The nose has plums, boysenberries, slight coffee and spice.  Full bodied.  On the palate, this comes across as a Bordeaux-ish wine with cassis, black raspberries and plums with slight underlying earthiness.  This is complex.  It appears this is about at peak, but perhaps it improves

2014 Kavaklıdere Bogazkere Prestige, Turkey, Diyabakir, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2014
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$30.00USD

This is made from the Bogazkere grape in Eastern Trukey.  Deep garnet in color, mostly clear and bright.  The nose has cherries and raspberries with some spice.  Full bodied.  Not as light as it looks.  Firm tannins.  On the palate, the cherries come thru along with some black cherries and cranberries.  Tart acidity.  Long finish.  This is drinking well now and seems like it should for another five to eight years.  It begs for food to tame the acidity and should be able to handle big flavors and fatty foods.  Turkish Lamb Kebobs would be a good choice.  

2018 Turasan Selda Red, Turkey, Cappadocia, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
89
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$13.00USD

Purple in color, ruby swirls, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose is dominated by Brettanomyces which is a yeast that gives of a very animal/barnyard stink.  It was hard to find anything beneath it.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, there is less Brett but still noticeable.  There is some cherry fruit.  Great acidity.  Slight tannins.  There is some complexity.  For my tastes, the wine was at my limit of tolerance but not past, but for others it was way past.  Look for well stored bottles if you try this and drink sooner than later.  It will be a difficult food match but consider strong flavo

2018 Turasan Kalecik Karası, Turkey, Cappadocia, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$17.00USD

This is made from the Kaleick Karasi grape in Cappadocia, Turkey.  It drinks very much like a very good Cru Beujolais or maybe even a Pinot from the Finger Lakes.  Light ruby in color, mostly clear and bright.  The nose has black cherries, slight sour cherries and black pepper.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, there is nice cherry fruit with some spice.  Long finish.  This should drink well for five to seven more years.  It will work with most foods.  Kofta, or Turkish meatballs, would work well.  

2016 Doluca Kalecik Karası DLC, Turkey, Central Anatolia, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$16.00USD

This is made from the Kalecik Karasi grape which grows in the Kizilirmak region around Ankara, Turkey.  It reminds me very much of Gamay from a Cru Beujolais.  Ruby in color, mostly clear and bright.  The nose has plums, black cherries and is slightly dusty.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, cherries, and sour cherries, with light tannins.  Long finish.  Overall, an easy drinking wine, but with some complexity.  This should drink well for five to seven more years.  It is nice on its own and should work with most foods.   Turkish Cabbage Rolls in a creamy tomato sauce flavored with cinnamon an

2017 Turasan Selda, Turkey, Cappadocia, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$10.00USD

This is a white blend of 35% Emir, 30% Narince, 30% Misket, and 5% Chardonnay grapes.  It really showed well and is a terrific value.  Light gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose has limes with some seltzer notes.  Medium bodied and slightly viscous.  On the palate, limes with underlying minerality and some grapefruit.  This has a nice complexity to it.  It seems young and that it might age for three to five more years, but it probably should be consumed earlier.  A nice match would be Borek (turkish pastry) filled with spinach and potatoes.  

2018 Turasan Emir, Turkey, Cappadocia, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$22.00USD

This is 100% Emir (Eh-MEER) grapes grown in the Cappadocia area of Turkey, a place known for its unique peri bacalari (fairy chimneys), that has been making wine for more than 7,000 years.  The wine is made using temperature controlled stainless steel fermentation.  Slightly light golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose has Kafir Limes with slight minerality.  On the palate, this is slightly viscous.  Flavors of grapefruits and limes.  Some complexity.  Good finish.  Overall a highly enjoyable white.  It seems like this will last another three to five years but sooner will be better. 

2017 Vinkara Narince, Turkey, Ankara, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
86
Grade: 
B
Current Price: 
$14.00USD

This is made from the white grape Narince (Nah-rin-djeh) which translates to 'delicately' in Turkish. It is produced in Anatolia in the Tokat area of the Black Sea wine growing region next to the Halys river. Golden in color, clear and bright.

2015 Selbach-Oster Riesling Spätlese, Germany, Mosel, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A

This is their base wine that comes screw topped.  Light golden in color. The nose is nice with tropical fruits, wet stones and slight peaches. On the palate, the fruit matches.  Showing a bit of complexity but still young.  Great acidity. Great balance. Nice texture. Long finish.  Drink over the next 15 years.  This will work on its own or with a wide variety of foods.  Fruit salads or a peach cobbler would work well.  

 

2006 Coudert Fleurie Clos de la Roilette, France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2006
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-

Purchased on release and well cellared, this has help up great.  Deep garnet in color with some purple hues, mostly clear and bright.  The nose has cherries, slight earthiness, a hint of floral notes.  Uncharacteristically for this winery, this was clean with no animal or barnyard notes.  Medium to full bodied.  Lively.  No sign of age.  On the palate, vibrant cherry and black cherry fruit with a modicum of complexity.  Long finish.  Different bottles will vary at this stage, so it probably should be drunk sooner than later, but this bottle would have gone another ten.  Nice with food than

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