It has been years since I’ve written about Gali. Granted Gali doesn’t have the output some of the other wineries here do but considering how much I enjoy both the eponymous blend and the Evreshe Bordeaux blend it is a little shameful. So let’s talk about the Gali Saros blend. But before we get there, a little about Gali itself.
Gali’s story began in 2005, when founder, Hakan Kavur, acquired 48 hectares of land in the Gallipoli Peninsula. The goal was to manufacture a single wine, ‘GALİ. They planted about 24 hectares of land with 78% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. In November 2011 they released their first wine, the Gali 2009 blend.
The 24-hectare vineyard is situated right where the Gallipoli Peninsula connects to the mainland and offers magnificent views of the Aegean and Marmara seas, the Dardanelles, and the Gulf of Saros.
Gali Saros Blend 2010 Tasting Notes:
The Gali Saros is a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. After hand harvesting the organic grapes they are fermented in stainless steel and then aged in French and (other) European oak barrels. This was a fairly sediment heavy wine with a brick-red garnet color. The nose was medium intense with aromas of cooked fruit, chocolate, smoke, and meat. For me the balance could have been a little better; the acid felt quite high. However I really liked the coffee flavors that came through on the finish.