Category Archives: Sauvignon Gris

Papazın Şarabı Sauvignon Blanc Blend

I don’t actually know where the Papazın Şarabı and Palivor Çiftliği crossover happens. I did some light Googling and couldn’t find the connection but it was the Palivor Çiftliği logo that got me to buy this so whatever the partnership is Papazın Şarabı owes at least one sale to them. Truly I bought this bottle because there’s a buck on the label-the Palivor Çiftliği logo-and I thought it would amuse my Daddy who is a hunter.

This was not a light decision to pick up. Sure I got a giggle over the buck on the label but at 80TL from Carrefour this wasn’t a small investment, especially considering that the last time I tangled with a Sauvignon Gris I was utterly unimpressed.

In the glass the Papazın Şarabı Sauvignon Blanc-Sauvignon Gri blend was a clear, pale gold with a lot of citrus, white flowers, and a little oaky something in the nose. This one could definitely use a little breathing time as initially the acid was quite high, giving a bit of a fizz on the tongue like a Lambrusco. Once it opened up and the fizz died down though this Papazın Şarabı was actually rather creamy in the mouth but no finish to speak of. The aromas carried through to the palate with white flowers and a lemon/lime citrus but also with a little bit of orange at the tail end.

In the end, the 2012 Papazın Şarabı Sauvignon Blanc-Sauvignon Gris is a porch wine. It’s an easily sipable wine for the afternoon you’re out enjoying your garden in the sun and don’t want a super challenging beverage. I won’t say that it was worth 80TL, but I did not regret the money spent.

Arcadia’s Zesty 2012 Gri

I bought this a little hesitantly since I had bad luck with Arcadia’s Sauvignon Gris but my friends at Solera promised me it would be good and they have yet to steer me wrong. And I’ll give another chance to anyone who uses peacocks on all its labels. At I think only 75 TL (minus the 25% take away discount) this Sauvignon Gris Pinot Gris blend isn’t cheap, but it won’t break the bank.

Brilliant pale gold in the glass at least this Arcadia was starting off on a pretty foot. The nose was also quite lovely with white flowers, melon, and tropical notes with an underlying sweetness (probably the flowers). On the palate it was all zesty acid and citrus with tropical notes and more flowers.

Arcadia 2012 Gri
The guys at Solera are rarely wrong, I did indeed like this one. This could pair very well with food but was also quite enjoyable on its own. I’m not waxing poetic as I often do for the red wines, but more white wines like this and the Kayra Viognier and I might stop drinking white wines only in the summer.

Arcadia Sauvignon Gris

Arcadia Sauvignon Gris 2010

“‘The time has come,’ the walrus said, ‘to talk of other things’.” For me that means it’s time to switch from my beloved red wines to the whites I try to drink during the warmer months. Now that summer is upon us I will try to drink more whites, like the Arcadia Sauvignon Gris and may even face off with a few Chardonnays. To kick this off I went to a white wine tasting with some of my girlfriends.

Organized by Istanbul-based British pub, Pubness, we were to taste our way through four different Turkish wines with French sommelier Jean Luc. Forty to sixty people were expected at this event but only nine of us came. While some of that may be attributed to flaky people this was also a day when Istanbul experienced a 4.4 magnitude earthquake, a bombing that killed 11 people, a bus accident that killed several more people, and severe weather. Given all that I’d say nine people was a pretty decent turn out. Apparently not for Jean Luc who, and I am not kidding, refused to go ahead with the tasting because he wouldn’t lower himself to speak to such a small group. The Pubness owners apologized profusely while Jean Luc sat at the back of the bar, wrapped in his own imagined superiority. We went on to enjoy our evening sans Jean Luc, spoke to Pubness’s bar manager about the wines we were supposed to have sampled, and had our own fun while loudly disparaging Jean Luc, his heritage, what his ego was compensating for, and pretty much anything else we could think of.

Jean Luc wankery aside, we begin this season of whites with the 2010 Arcadia Sauvignon Gris. A lovely person gave this to me as a gift for my house warning so I don’t know how much it’ll set you back. I found this an interesting if not exactly enjoyable wine.

For one thing it was a learning experience for me. I’ve never had a Sauvignon Gris before so imagine my surprise encountering it here in Turkey. The Sauvignon Gris grape is a pink grape which, at least in this case, produced a brilliant, clear pale straw/gold color. Most commonly found in the Loire valley, it’s usually labeled only as a Bordeaux wine as it’s apparently illegal to label it with the grape name.

walnut tulum & chevre cheeses w/ lavender apricot jam

At first I had a hard time smelling past the oak in the Arcadia Sauvignon Gris to the fruit underneath but as the wine opened more I got some apple and stone fruit along with sweet spices and almond. The flavors were quite nice and paired beautifully with the walnut tulum and chevre cheeses that I had. Tulum seems to be Turkey’s response to Stilton, it’s got a very strong flavor.

While the flavors were nice enough where the Arcadia Sauvignon Gris let me down was the mouth feel. It’s very flabby. I got no acid at all from this and I wonder if the bottle had gone off. Have you ever drunk water that’s been overly softened? That’s what this felt like. I’ve never had such a flabby wine before and while I appreciate that I now really understand what it means when you say ‘flabby wine’ I will be more than happy to not ever repeat the experience again.

Speaking of flabby…’Jean Luc’ is now code for anyone being too pretentious, egotistical, self-important, etc., etc. The real shame of the evening was that for all the sommeliers trying to change people’s mind about the accessibility of wine and the poor imagine of the snooty sommelier many hold there is a Jean Luc perpetuating the stereotype. I am sometimes pretentious but I vow that when I get my sommelier certificate I will not be a Jean Luc!