Neal Martin scored Turkish wines @www.erobertparker.com …

Finally a long-awaited matter has happened and Turkish Wines were scored at Robert Parker’s website www.erobertparker.com by wine expert Neal Martin. We shall consider that all tastings were held during the Turkish Wine Seminar in London and I hope that such scorings and tastings from the globally well known wine experts would continue in different international events…

2009 Vinkara Narince, 88 puan

Tasted at the Turkish Wine Seminar in London. This has an attractive cooking apple, quince tinged nose with moderated definition, a touch of orange zest and kumquat developing with time. The palate has a ripe phenolic entry, a whiplash of fresh ginger and lemongrass, a touch closed towards the finish but that spiciness lingers nicely. Very fine. Tasted May 2010.

2009 Idol Smyrna Chardonnay/Sauvignon Blanc, 88 puan
Tasted at the Turkish Wine Seminar in London. Hailing from Ismir, (Smyrna is the ancient name for Ismir). Pale colour. Just a touch of wet wool and peach skin on the nose. Moderate definition. Tight on the palate, good weight, nice tautness, neutral in style with a waxy finish. Not bad at all. Tasted May 2010.

2009 Kavaklidere Cotes d’Avanos Narince/Chardonnay, 91 puan
Tasted at the Turkish Wine Seminar in London. A blend of 70% Narince and 30% Chardonnay. This has a very refined, intriguing nose with fine definition, hints of peach skin, elderflower, jasmine and nectarine. The palate is very well-balanced on the entry, struck through with vibrant acidity, touches of orange zest, citrus lemon with a bright lively finish with just a little oak poking out on the finish. One of those wines that remind you that greatness can flourish anywhere. Tasted May 2010.

2008 Kavaklidere Pendore Bogazkere, 88 puan
Tasted at the Turkish Wine Seminar in London. A rustic, mulberry and blackcurrant leaf nose that you kind of expect to be poured into a simple carafe. Yet enjoyable in its own way. A dark chocolate tinged entry, grippy tannins, good weight, Tannat-like with a dense finish with a hint of “grappa” on the aftertaste. Natural, rustic and again, utterly charming. Tasted May 2010.

2009 Likya Isinda Kalecik Karası, 85 puan
Tasted at the Turkish Wine Seminar in London. Pale salmon colour. Quite a creamy nose that is showing quite a bit of oak. Sharp entry, nice cohesion here, quite rounded, hints of lemongrass interlacing the strawberry and red cherry, very polished and soft on the finish. Tasted May 2010.

2009Kayra Terra Kalecik Karası, 86 puan
Tasted at the Turkish Wine Seminar in London. A slightly deeper salmon hue that its peers. This has a more generous bouquet with rose petal, dried flowers, light strawberry and cherry. The palate has good weight, a tang of lemongrass on the entry, sharp acidity, fresh and the slightly reductive finish but fine length. Tasted May 2010.

2009Vinkara Kalecik Karası, 89 puan
Tasted at the Turkish Wine Seminar in London. This has a bright ruby colour. The nose has mulberry, sloe and black plum, perhaps just needing a little more delineation. But the palate has a crisp entry, vibrant acidity, a nice spicy tang inflecting the racy red-berried fruit with touches of pomegranate, cranberry and a hint of allspice. Good length with sandalwood on the finish. Excellent. Tasted May 2010.

2007 Doluca Kav Tugra Öküzgözü, 89 puan
Tasted at the Turkish Wine Seminar in London. Deep, limpid dark ruby colour. Ripe and rounded on the nose: dark cherries, plum, a touch of seaweed and iodine. Moderate definition. The palate is medium to full-bodied with firm, grippy tannins, a lively spicy entry followed by crunchy, peppery red-berried fruit, slightly viscous towards the finish, blueberry jam on the aftertaste. Tasted May 2010.

2006 Kayra Imperial Öküzgözü, 84 puan
Tasted at the Turkish Wine Seminar in London. This is a little too acetic for me, some nail varnish on the nose that rather spoils the overall effect. The palate has a fair bit of oak but underneath there is some decent fruit here, touches of dark chocolate, sandalwood and mocha inflecting the black fruit with a fine tannic finish. Just let down by the nose and the clumsy use of oak. Tasted May 2010.

2007 Sevilen Sevilen 900 Cabernet Sauvignon, 86 puan
Tasted at the Turkish Wine Seminar in London. This has a rich, but well-defined nose with black cherries, pomegranate, a touch of sandalwood and a hint of mushroom. The palate is full-bodied with cloves on the entry, quite tannic, a little drying towards the finish with dark chocolate, a touch of black pepper and fennel. Abrupt finish. Fine, but it needs to soften a little. Tasted May 2010.

2007 Doluca Karma Merlot/Bogazkere, 88 puan
Tasted at the Turkish Wine Seminar in London. Very deep colour. It has a broody, mulberry and Oriental spice on the nose. The palate is full bodied with muscular tannins from the Bogazkere (aka “throat scratcher”) leading to a dense, Cornas-like tannic finish. Rustic but charming. Tasted May 2010.

2007 Likya Kızılbel Cabernet Sauvignon/Bogazkere, 87 puan
Tasted at the Turkish Wine Seminar in London. This has a rich mocha and dark chocolate scented nose that somehow reminds me of a mature Brunello from Biondi Santi! The palate has a spicy entry, firm tannins, quite savoury and gamey, touches of chocolate and black pepper towards the finish. Tasted May 2010.

2007 Consensus Shiraz/Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon, 86 puan
Tasted at the Turkish Wine Seminar in London. This has a very fine nose, good delineation with red-berried fruit, wild strawberry, raspberry and judicious use of vanillary oak. Soft entry, good weight, thick chewy tannins although there is a touch of dryness on the liquorice-tinged finish. Tasted May 2010.

2007 Sevilen Centum, 89 puan
Tasted at the Turkish Wine Seminar in London. This has a lifted, slightly obvious nose with dark broody black fruit, a touch of pastille and black cherry. The palate has a fine liquorice-flavoured entry with a Cote-Rotie like personality. Nicely balance, grippy finish with nice use of new oak. Very fine. Tasted May 2010.

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About Murat Mumcuoglu

Crazy about wine & gastronomy... Chef & Owner of Istanbul's smallest tapas bar "Hola Panini & Tapas" located in Moda district...
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