La Croix Irresistible 2008

La Croix Irresistible 2008

My dear readers, I am writing this post in Marseille, France. While you are reading this post, I might even moved to another city of Provence.

Life is beautiful around here. Dinners last at least 2-3 hours, and people drink wines in lunch, dinner, or whenever they want to. I got used to it very quickly. I can’t always have 2-3 hours lasting dinners though, but I ordered so many wines without even chosing them by name or region. We just ordered “vin de pays” (the category just above the lowest one) in carafe pr ordered wine in glass and they were nice.

I have a notebook with me to make tasting notes, but I could not make any notes yet, because I don’t even see the bottle of the wines we order, so basically I don’t know what I’m drinking. We only ordered the wine that you see in the above picture willingly and knowingly.

We chosed this wine when we had a dinner in Marseille, very close to the harbour. The wine menu was divided in regiouns of France, and we chosed a wine among the ones under “Provence”. This was a very nice, fruity, a little tannic but round wine. I learned later that it was made of 80% Syrah and 20% Grenache. I think it is not as strong as Bordeaux wines. I believe I can tell you more about Provence wines after I taste a few more of them in the following days.

Doluca Verano Blush (2010)

Doluca Verano Blush (2010)

I came across this wine surprisingly when I was looking for a wine that I could drink together with aperatives in a fish restaurant (cause I can never come to the main meal and usually finish eating before the fish comes to the table). I didn’t even know that this wine existed because as you would remember, I started to be interested in rose wines only a few posts ago.

Verano Blush is a rose colored, refreshing, and red fruity wine made of Grenache grapes grown in Doluca’s vineyars in Saroz (Turkey). It is delicious and very easy to drink. Don’t limit yourself with aperatives as I did! Drink it with whatever you like, as red wines are still not enough refreshing in these still warm days of September.

Tasting Notes: DLC Grenache & Vinkara Doruk Bogazkere & Buyulubag Adakarasi

We tasted 3 different wines for the tasting event that I mentioned in my previous post. The first one was not DLC Grenache, but as the photographer preferred to put it in the front line ­čÖé I decided to start with it.
Here are the expected tasting notes: 
DLC Grenache 2009
The color is a dark, violet-like red. Medium body, high acidity, moderate – or even less- tannins. A little sweet, fruity aromas. A little bitternes like the bitternes of red fruits. A little too sharp for me, probably because I don’t like high acidity.

Vinkara Doruk Bogazkere 2007
The color is a light red. Medium-full body, strong tannins, but I actually expected stronger tannin from Bogazkere. High acidity – which I don’t like as I just mentioned. Although I was a little dissappointed when I first tasted it, I changed my mind when I tasted it for the second time after the wine rested almost one hour in the glass and then I enjoyed a second glass of it.
Buyulubag Adakarasi 2007
This one was definitaly my favorite. May be I give a little extra credit to the producers who try to produce something original / authentic ­čÖé┬á
This is a wine with strong, fruity taste and almost a full body. Unfortunately, I did not make any notes on the color, probably because I was trying to respond to my friends’ attacking (!) questions ­čÖé When they attacked me saying” Tell us, what do you smell huh?” I said at first “mmm a little cherry and … other red fruits…” and then, my husband helped me to remember the name of blackberry, which is somehow one of the red fruits in my mindset. When I said “yes, cherry and blackberry” everyone was very surprised, because the names of these two fruits were really written on the bottle as the aromas of the wine. Good for me!

Photos by Mehves Cetinkaya