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Snooth User: mertal1905

Turkish Wines

Posted by mertal1905, Jul 14, 2010.

Hi everybody, I'm a 20 year-old university student from Turkey. Anatolia has a great wine history. Maybe most of you don't know but, the origin of the wine occured in West Anatolia with musket grape (in Turkish "Misket Üzümü"). Today, Tukey has really professional winemakers like Corvus, Kavaklidere, Selendi... In Europe, some Michelin 2-stars restaurants have Turkish wines in their lists. I know there a lots of things to do to upgrade our wines but, i see a bright future. I suggest you to try Turkish wines, you will see a bright future too. Believe me. Best Regards...

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Reply by dmcker, Jul 14, 2010.

Mertal, welcome to Snooth.

I've enjoyed a few Turkish wines, but not nearly as many as from Greece. Can you tell us more about the various wine regions, and particularly some of the best whites and reds you can recommend?

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Reply by mertal1905, Jul 14, 2010.

Of course i can tell. Aegean and Central Anatolia are the regions that have great wine culture. In Aegean, Denizli; in Cent. Anatolia, Ankara are the most important cities that have professional winemakers.Kayra Imperial, Shiraz, Denizli       Centum, Syrah, Sevilen, Denizli    are nice wines that are also in the list of The Fat Duck in UK.

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Reply by dmcker, Jul 14, 2010.

Are those all the names of varietals? In other parts of the world, shiraz and syrah are the same grape.

And can you provide any more information about specific locales, what grapes are used there, how the wines are made, and even some tasting notes? Not asking for an encyclopedic guide to all the wines of Turkey, but some examples of those you particularly like....

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Reply by mertal1905, Jul 14, 2010.

I used the names on the bottles. Kayra and Sevilen are winemakers, one used Syrah and the other used Shiraz name. Denizli is the city that the grapes are harvested. Imperial and Centum are names of wines.In Aegean mostly Syrah is used. I think Syrah is very succesful in Aegean (in Turkish "Ege"). Besides Denizli, in Bozcaada has great potential. Corvus wines are produced there. In Central Anatolia, Ankara and cities around Ankara has lots of wineries. In this region, Kalecik Karasi ( for me the most important Turkish grape) is mostly used. They used Kalecik Karasi in reds and roses. Kavaklidere is most famous winemaker in there. In addition to Kalecik Karasi, Öküzgözü and Boğazkere are very important Turkish grapes. They are generally used in coupages together.

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Reply by dmcker, Jul 14, 2010.

Makes sense. that you were only listing the winemaker, location and varietal for two different wines in that earlier post. So how do they taste?

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Reply by mertal1905, Jul 14, 2010.

First wine Kayra Imperial,Shiraz has dark colour. and nearly cinnamon smell. It has easy drinking and has good balance. Not so much minerality but neary dried fruits taste.It has not so long not so short ending. Second wine has more minerality but for me first one has more balance. It has less fresh taste but its ending is longer then first one.

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Reply by StevenBabb, Jul 14, 2010.

i'll have to add Turkey to my list of new regions to try... i've had great stuff from Lebonon and Greece... i might as well round it out with some Turkish syrah!  : )

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Reply by gregt, Jul 14, 2010.

"the origin of the wine occured in West Anatolia with musket grape (in Turkish "Misket Üzümü")"

That's not actually a fact that everyone agrees on.

However, there's no question there was a longer tradition of making wine in the land called Turkey than there has been a country called Turkey.  I'm more than happy to try some of the wines - very difficult to find in the US at this point, but with some luck maybe that will change.  THanks for your suggestions.

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Reply by cigarman168, Jul 15, 2010.

So what is the classification system for wines in Turkey? And seems not popular in my place those I really want to taste it. Hope to taste some for my coming trip to Turkey.

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Reply by WineAfficianado, Aug 23, 2010.

Comparing wines based on price paid, I have to say that I have found Turkish wines to be of better quality per dollar spent.  I highly recommend everyone try the wine.  My favorite (so far) has been a 2003 Karma, Merlot. A wine made by the producer Doluca.  For 60 Lira ($40 US) at a restaurant I have never had a better wine.  ...I enjoy trying different types of wine.

The 2003 Karma was smooth, rich, and very well balanced.  I have been trying to figure out a way to bring some back to the US!

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Reply by Vino999, Aug 29, 2010.

We loved some Turkish wines, especially Buyulubag Rose from island of Avsa Turkey. They used adakarisi grape to create this amazing ROSE... It won many awards in Europe. you can check it out this wine at  www.KAVistanbul.com 

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Reply by Vino999, Aug 29, 2010.

by the way check this grape called Okuzgozu ( it grows in Turkey) It will be new be new Malbec. You can find Okuzgozu wines at www.KAVistanbul.com 

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Reply by dmcker, Aug 29, 2010.

That link only brings us back to this thread.

This link will get you there. The site looks potentially useful, except for the fact that I couldn't find any button for an English version, and so it's only in Turkish....

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Reply by Vino999, Aug 29, 2010.

Sorry , They will create english site ASAP because they start getting many English speaking customers. if you need to contact them go to www.KAVistanbul.com  or email them directly destek@kavist.com . They will answer all your questions English. I speak Turkish, let me know if you need any help... CHEERSSS

 

 

 
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Reply by duncan 906, Aug 30, 2010.

I went to Turkey a few years ago( back in the 90's) and I did enjoy some of the wines but it was a bit long ago to remember any details

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Reply by Vino999, Aug 30, 2010.

Hey Duncan, I am sure you didn't have that much wine selection when you were in Turkey, but now its all different. Every single day we see different regions produce amazing wines. You can check out the wine regions of Turkey at this link http://www.kavist.com/index.php?do=dynamic/view&pid=8

My favorite region are Thrace, Ankara and Nevsehir.

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Reply by amour, Sep 1, 2010.

Thanks for mentioning The Fat Duck in Bray, U.K. ....they are very adventurous at that top restaurant....remember  their Bacon Ice Cream!  I have eaten there  a few times but prefer standard French Cuisine and there are other choices for that, especially with Euro Star around the corner!

Not surprised they include Turkisk delight Wines !

Also, Congrats to Turkey for trying to improve their image in the marketplace.

What would anyone call the best of the best from Turkey and widely available on US shelves? (If at all there are any!)

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Reply by Vino999, Sep 1, 2010.

Unfortunately, Turkish Wines are not readily available in the US.  However, in Europe, Turkish wines are gradually making their way onto the scene-I'm hoping that will be the case here.  www.KAVistanbul.com will start selling online with delivery to the US soon. 


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