From Kuntra to Mourvedre in four bottles
In less than two weeks we will be living in our new house! At the same time that we are preparing the new house, we are wrapping up on the sale of our current house. Various aspects of the sale continue to occupy my time so while it is impossible to conduct any historic research, they do not preclude liquid research. My latest round involved four bottles of Turkish and Israeli wine I brought to taste while my daughter had a playdate.
According to the article On a Turkish Isle, Winds Tend the Vines Cabernet Sauvignon is king on the tiny island of Bozcaada. As such the 2010 Corvus Vineyards, Karga, Bozcaada Island is a blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon along with Kuntra, which is specific to the island. Together this produced a wine that will please many with its different flavor profile. And it is quite affordable! The 2011 Kavaklidere Wine Co, Egeo, Syrah, Anatola presented a softer, riper profile but kept interest. I rather liked the 2012 Domaine Netofa, Basse Galilee for it took on orange and rose notes. It too, was a touch soft but the finish of salivating acidity kept it in check. The 2013 Dalton Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon, Galilee is sure to please any lover of forward, Cabernet Sauvignon. It was the biggest and most generous of the wines, which certainly created fans at dinner.
I thought, if being generally critical, that the wines were a touch soft and could benefit from more acidity. That aside these were all tasty wines that provided good fun. I might give a slight nod to the Turkish pair but in recommending one from each country I suggest the Corvus and Netofa. These wines were purchased at Potomac Wines and Spirits.
2010 Corvus Vineyards, Karga, Bozcaada Island – $15
Imported by The House of Burgundy. This wine is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Kuntra. Alcohol 13.5%. A mixture of mature aromas and prune but with some freshness. In the mouth this fruity wine had a touch of glycerin and creamy feel before fresh, textured black fruit and a touch of greenhouse came out in the middle. With air there was a rather ripe note along with more structure and aromas of cocoa. In general, a good twist of flavors. ** Now-2018.
2011 Kavaklidere Wine Co, Egeo, Syrah, Anatola – $23
Imported by Stefano Selections. This wine is 100% Syrah. Alcohol 14.5%. There were saline notes of the sea on the nose. In the mouth was a similar seaside accented flavor of black fruit and prune. This wine showed a softed entry with more body. It was a little rugged with a mineral finish and an aftertaste of cinnamon spiced wood notes. ** Now-2018.
2012 Domaine Netofa, Basse Galilee – $20
Imported by Royal Wine Corp. This wine is a blend of Syrah and Mourvedre. Alcohol 13.5%. There were red berries on the nose. In the mouth were clean, slightly soft flavors of red berries. The wine was a bit laid back but the salivating acidity and texture in the finish added interest. It eventually developed orange and rose water notes. Everything wrapped up with spiced and ripe tannins. ** Now-2016.
2013 Dalton Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon, Galilee – $22
Imported by Allied Importers. This wine is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon that was aged for eight months in oak barrels. Alcohol 14.5%. There were some greenhouse infused blue and black aromas. In the mouth was a rounded, softer entry with tart, purple flavors, This was the biggest of the four wines with creamy, root beer like flavors, that left texture on the gums and a finish of salivating acidity. ** Now-2017.