Öküzgözü and Kalecik Karası are the celebrity grapes of Turkey.  Öküzgözü is mostly produced in Elazığ in Eastern Anatolia and Kalecik Karası from Ankara, Turkey’s capital in Central Anatolia.  Among the producers of red wines from these grapes are Kavaklidere, Doluca and Pamukkale.  See what Eric Cavatore, our sommelier has to say on 2007 Öküzgözü d’Elazig from Kavaklidere.

Tasting Notes: Wine information

Name: Yakut; Öküzgözü d’Elazig

Vintage: 2007

Grape(s): Okuzgozu

Region: Elazig, Eastern Anatolia

Producer: Kavaklidere

Alcohol level: 13%

Want to learn more on Turkish Wines?

Learn about this relatively under appreciated region with our other articles and tasting notes from Eric Cavatore, a French wine sommelier, teacher and critic:

  1. Grapes and regions for Turkish wines

  2. Tasting Notes: Narince de Tokat of Kavaklidere, 2006

  3. Tasting Notes: Cinsault de Thrace, 2006

  4. Tasting Notes: Angora Sultana de Denizli, 2007

  5. Tasting Notes: Carignan- Alicante 2005

  6. Tasting Notes: Vinart 2005

To pair with your wine?

Check out these practical recipes on EAT for a taste of Turkish cuisine at home:

  1. Zucchini Pancakes

  2. Aah, Aah, Artichokes

  3. Barbunya, Red Beans

  4. Easy, delicious Leeks