Thursday, May 27, 2010

istanbul: anatolian wine

We were introduced to the most delicious wine at Changa in Istanbul: Doluca Kav (special reserve) Bogazkere-Okuzgozu, 2007. Made from a blend of Anatolian grapes, Kav is aged in French oak barrels resulting in a rich, complex wine with hints of clove, cinnamon, red fruits, violets and oak.  It was a fraction of the price of a comparable French bottle. I'm not sure where to buy it outside of Turkey yet, but I'd love to get my hands on a bottle or twelve. We also found an excellent white wine...
While perhaps not as exceptional as the Doluca Kav, the Kavaklıdere Selection Narince-Emir, 2006 reminded me of a good white Burgundy. Made of grapes selected from the best vineyards in Tokat and Cappadoccia, this wine is dry and oaky with hints of apricot, peach and jasmine. 

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