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2012 Kayra OkuzgozuOkuzgozu from Turkey

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"This is truly the undiscovered treasure of Turkey, gorgeous acidity and lively bright ripe red fruit aromas are the hallmark of this fantastic wine, just a hint of menthol and...

  • 93 Jamie Goode - www.wineanorak.com
  • 90 Wine Enthusiast
  • 90 Wine & Spirits
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93

"13% alcohol. Wonderfully expressive nose of sweet red cherry fruit with some berry notes and leather and herbs. The palate is fresh and expressive with good acidity and tannins. There are warm, leathery, spicy notes accompanying the red berry fruits. It's not a fruit bomb but it has structure and great harmony, with a lovely savoury edge. It reminds me a bit of Xinomavro or Aglianico. " Reviewed 01/31/2015

90 Wine Enthusiast

"Deep violet red to the eye, this wine made from native Turkish variety Öküzgözü offers fragrances of raspberry, cranberry and lavender. Tannins are velvety smooth, and it is more weighty than it initially feels due to its pervasive freshness and brightness. Flavors of black cherry, vanilla, anisette, eucalyptus and black pepper cavort on the palate into the fresh…" Reviewed 10/1/2015

90 Wine & Spirits

"Kayra is owned by spirits giant Diageo, with vineyards spread throughout Elazig and Sarkoy. This comes from Elazig, in eastern Turkey, where the vineyards start at about 2,500 feet in elevation. It's dark and earthy, with a ferrous minerality that fills out the berry fruit. It's a firm match for meaty dishes." Reviewed 8/2015

Product Description:

"This is truly the undiscovered treasure of Turkey, gorgeous acidity and lively bright ripe red fruit aromas are the hallmark of this fantastic wine, just a hint of menthol and exotic spices of the ancient mid orient, supple tannins that integrate seamlessly with the acidity and when decanted for a few minutes. Exciting as it is to taste it is so much more exciting to make. "After years of winemaking i have never been so enchanted by a single grape, I only hope you find it as exciting as myself." Try this with a great steak or a bit of fine aged cheese, definitely something savory and luscious." Daniel O’Donnell, Winemaker

Product Detail

Item # 87758
Country Turkey
Region Turkey
Sub-Region Elazig
Ratings

93 - Jamie Goode - www.wineanorak.com

90 - Wine Enthusiast

90 - Wine & Spirits

Vintage 2012
Color Red
ABV 13.0%
Varietal(s) Okuzgozu
Size 750 mL
Closure Cork
Features
Taste cherry, blackberry, plum, raspberry and earthy
Nose cherry, blackberry, plum, raspberry and earthy