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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Wine Review: Vinkara Narince 2013


Vinkara Kalecik Karasi 2013

This is the first of seven reviews of wines from the Turkish winery Vinkara. To learn more about the history of Turkish wine, what's going on with it today, and more on Vinkara, check out Tarhun Returns: The Resurgence of Turkish Wine.

Narince is an indigenous grape to Turkey, originating up by the Black Sea. It's pronounced nah-rin-djah and means "delicately" in Turkish. DNA shows that, even though it's a white grape, Narince is the love child between two Anatolian red grapes, Kalecik Karasi and Dimrit. I've got two different tiers of Vinkara's Narince and Kalecik Karasi being reviewed this month.

This is Vinkara's entry level Narince and later in the month I'll be reviewing their Narince Reserve. This one here was stainless steel fermented and spent three months resting on the lees.

It's been just one of those long-ass days where all you want to do is crack open a refreshing white wine and forget about the entire fucking week. So let's do that, okay? A quick review followed by wine drinking and playoff hockey? Okay. Let's do it.

The color is a gorgeous straw color with a slight tint of green. It's not unfiltered but it looks like they didn't completely filter it because there's some floaties hanging out in there. I ain't skerred.

On the nose there's peach, lemon thyme, and clementine. It's more full bodied than medium bodied, and manages to have both a creamy mouthfeel with intense acidity. There's flavors of lemon, lime, and clementine. It finishes with salivating acidity, lime and clementine. It's straight-forwardly citrusy and delicious!

This wine in the middle of the summer, nice and crispy cold would be spot on in refreshment and flavor. It's a nice alternative to the Sauvignon Blancs and Pinot Grigios that you might be currently using for that service. That said, it's not gonna blow you out of the water but it's totally worth the price you'll pay. So I'm giving it a 3 out of 5 in price vs quality for Satisfying at $15.

Price: $15
Rating: 3/5 = Satisfying (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was supplied free of charge for the purpose of this unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.


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