Vourla 2010 from Urla Winery, Izmir
Next time you’re at Vino Levantino, why not try a fine boutique wine from Turkey? Vourla 2010, on offer by the glass, is well worth sampling. This rich, deeply colored wine comes from the Urla Winery, located not far from Izmir.
Founded about 10 years ago, the Urla winery lies in the midst of an ancient wine-growing region dating back to 3000 BC, to the winemaking of the Ancient Greeks. Urla uses foreign varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Nero d’Avola, Merlot, and Sangiovese, as well as native Turkish varietals like Bogazkere and Bornova Misket in its wines. The vineyard has also worked with plant geneticists at Turkish universities to bring back the extinct varietals Urla Karası and Gaydura, originally native to the Izmir region.
Aged for 10 months in French oak and made using biodynamic techniques, the Vourla at Vino Levantino is a smooth blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and Bogazkere (a native grape from the eastern Turkish region of Anatolia). The wine has aromas of eucalyptus, blackberry, and clove, with flavors of mixed berry, eucalyptus and tobacco. With a Wine Spectator rating of 90, it’s an excellent accompaniment to Vino Levantino’s food, which also takes inspiration from Izmir (co-owner Haim Amit has family roots in this Western Turkish city, and many of Vino’s menu items are based on traditional family recipes from Izmir.)