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  • 2012 Vinkara Kalecik Karası

    From Central Anatolia. This wine is 100% Kalecik Karasi, (pronounced: Kah-le-djic-car-ah-ser). Kalecik Karasi is sometimes abbreviated simply KK, which is probably for the best (at least for those of us who have no Turkish language skills). KK is mostly grown in the north-central region of Turkey, near the town of Kalecik, and is often compared to Pinot Noir. Aged for 14 months in French oak. Ruby red, tinged with purple. I found it to be very soft and approachable right out of the bottle. Medium body, with loads of red fruit flavors. As it sat in the glass, a distinctive and familiar funk evolved. The finish was a bit abbreviated, but overall, a really fun, unique glass of wine. Retail = $27.

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  • 2013 Vinkara Narince

    From the Black Sea region (in northern Turkey), Narince (pronounced Nah-rin-djeh), is indigenous to the northeastern region of Tokat. Narince is grown more for its grape leaves (for use in dolma, a popular stuffed grape leaf dish) than for its use in wine. Narnice translates to delicately, an appropriate descriptor for this wine. A lovely butter-straw color in the glass. Had I tasted this wine blind, I might have guessed it was a Viognier -- the aromatics were so floral and perfume-like. Tropical flavors of pear, peach and pineapple. Medium body, with a spirited acidity. Retail = $15.00.

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  • 2010 Domaine la Ligiere Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise

    Established in 2008 by Philippe Bernard and his wife Elisabeth Serra, Domaine La Ligière is a biodynamic vineyard, consisting of 50 hectares (I think that's equal to half a square kilometer - math people, please check my conversion) of vines, planted to Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. A blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah. Not as fruit driven as I expected for a Grenache dominant wine. After a few minutes in the glass, I was able to coax out some blackberry aromas. Medium bodied, and slightly rustic (something that bothers me not at all). A dense, smoky, leather note pulled my focus a bit, but not enough to make me put my glass down. 15% ABV. Retail = $20ish.

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