Idol Smyrna Merlot 2009

Idol Smyrna Merlot 2009

A few days ago, I felt like drinking red wine and I was very surprized when I saw that we have only one bottle of red wine left. I guess we did not notive that we have been gradually consuming more and more wine ­čÖé┬á

Actually, there was a bottle of Corvus waiting for its turn (we should better drink it before the weather gets to warm in summar) and another bottle of sour cherry wine, but they don’t count. The last bottle left was Idol Smyrna Merlot 2009, not a choice, just by chance.┬á
It is a fruity wine with cherry red color, full body and nice tannin. Miraculously, I sensed a little grassy aroma and also smelled coffee. I’m not sure whether I really felt this or I just concived myself that I felt it, since I have leaned myself on thinking “would I ever manage to write tasting notes mentioning off-the-wall aromas”
I think the wine has a nice, strong taste. We could not finish the bottle that night and put it into the refrigrator. The other night, I wanted to drink wine again and since I did not have the patiance to wait until it gets a little warmer, I tasted it while it was still very cold. It was a disaster. I understand now why producers always put a statement on the bottle indicating the best temparature for serving. Then I waited well behaved until it got warmer.
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Idol Smyrna Shiraz @ Nardis

Idol Smyrna Shiraz 2009

We were at Nardis again last Saturday to celebrate a friends birthday. Sibel K├Âse was performing that night. We saw our old firends and drank nice wine, so, it was a nice evening.

I think Nardis is a very nice Jazz club. A nice atmosphere, nice waiters, nice bar, nice drinks, acceptable prices and nice music. I have to admit that I like to hear Jazz music but it is not my favourite. I could have liked it much better if I did not have to be silent whenever someone is performing at Nardis. They have a very serious policy asking you to be silent during the performance, but I can’t help thinking that Jazz is a music that I should hear behind other voices while I’m having my dinner or so.

Anyway, I still like it there. I would have liked it more if they served their wines a little cooler. They serve red wines around room temparature, that makes it around 20ºC.

We ordered a cheese plate and Idol Smyrna Shiraz 2009. We asked them to put the wine in an ice bowl for a while. It got better then. It is a full bodied wine with very strong fruity aromas. I read from the bottle that it had choclate aromas. My husband said that it is certainly true, but I was just thinking that it has some sweet aromas, that’s it. So, I guess what I call sweet aroma is choclate aroma.

I would prefer not to mention the price because it is more than three times of what I would pay when I bought it from a wine store. It is sold around 25 TL at onlinemahzen.com. I wonder if it is also like this in other places in the world. Do people always pay more than twice of the normal price whenever they order a wine at a night club or at a restaurant?

─░dol Consensus 3 Me┼če 2007

Amy London @ Nardis

Cumartesi gecesi, asl─▒nda ne mekandan ne etkinlikten haberimiz varken tan─▒d─▒klar─▒m─▒z─▒n teklifi ├╝zerine kendimizi Nardis Jazz Club’da Amy London’─▒ dinlerken bulduk. (Foto─čraflar cep tel ile ├žekildi kusura bakmay─▒n.) Her ne kadar d├╝ne kadar bu konuda cehalet denizlerinde bo─čulmakta olsam da art─▒k ├Â─črenmi┼č bulunuyorum ki buras─▒ canl─▒ m├╝zik dinlemek isteyenler i├žin olduk├ža ba┼čar─▒l─▒ bir mekanm─▒┼č. (ge├ženlerde beni galiba buraya g├Ât├╝rmek isteyen bir arkada┼č─▒ma “amaan ├žok uzakm─▒┼č” diyerek burun k─▒v─▒rm─▒┼čt─▒m, buradan ├Âz├╝r dilemek istiyorum, mekan hakk─▒nda bilgi verseydi ikna edici olabilirmi┼č asl─▒nda). Her ne kadar ortamdaki ya┼č ortalamas─▒n─▒n alt─▒nda kalsam da, ortam─▒n “gel, ne olursan ol ,gel” der gibi kucaklay─▒c─▒ bir atmosferi olmas─▒ ve ├žal─▒┼čanlar─▒n─▒n s─▒cak ve nazik tav─▒rlar─▒ kendini rahat hissetmem i├žin yeterli oldu.

Y─▒llard─▒r ─░stanbul’da ya┼čaman─▒n ve k├Âpr├╝ trafi─činin ne demek oldu─čunu ├žok iyi ├Â─črenmi┼č olman─▒n verdi─či tecr├╝be ile Cumartesi gecesi gidilecek mekana her zamanki gibi ilk biz vard─▒─č─▒m─▒zdan (evet bununla ├Âv├╝n├╝yorum), ┼čarap se├žimini tek ba┼č─▒ma yapmak i├žin yeterli sebebim vard─▒. Men├╝de, herhangi bir bar i├žin┬á fazla say─▒labilir belki ama benim beklentime g├Âre az se├ženek vard─▒. Beyaz ┼čarap benim i├žin riskli bir se├žim olabilirdi ve bir kadehi bile i├žemeyebilirdim, bu nedenle ve e┼čimin de deste─či ile k─▒rm─▒z─▒lar─▒ inceledim. ─░dol ve Doluca Sarafin aras─▒nda se├žim yapmam gerekiyordu. Sarafin daha sa─člamc─▒ bir se├žim olabilirdi benim i├žin ama ben meraktan ─░dol Consensus’u se├žtim ve pi┼čman olmad─▒m.

─░dol Consensus 3 Me┼če 2007

─░dol ┼×arap├ž─▒l─▒k, ─░zmir Torbal─▒’daki ba─člar─▒nda organik ba─čc─▒l─▒k ile ├╝retim yapan bir ┼čarap ├╝reticisi. Bu ba─člar─▒ 2004 y─▒l─▒nda olu┼čturmu┼č ve Fransa┬á ile ─░talya’dan gelen uzmanlar ile ├žal─▒┼čmaya ba┼člam─▒┼člar. ─░dol Consensus 3 Me┼če, s├╝per premium olarak s─▒n─▒fland─▒rd─▒klar─▒ ┼čaraplar─▒n─▒n ad─▒.┬á

Bu ┼čarab─▒n 2007 rekoltesi listede 85 TL fiyat─▒yla mevcuttu. Garsonun kibarl─▒─č─▒na da buradan te┼čekk├╝r ediyorum, ├ž├╝nk├╝ kendisi ┼čaraplar hakk─▒nda pek bilgili olmasa da sorular─▒ma kibarca cevap vermeye ├žal─▒┼čt─▒, gidip ┼či┼čeyi s─▒rf bana g├Âstermek i├žin getirdi ve her ne kadar ┼či┼če olmas─▒ gereken s─▒cakl─▒kta olmasa da buz kovas─▒ getirerek ┼či┼čeyi hemen so─čuttu. ┼×i┼čeyi hemen a├žt─▒, ancak biz biraz so─čuduktan sonra kadehlerimize koyduk ve hemen tatt─▒k.

─░dol Consensus 3 Me┼če 2007 bir Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot kupaj─▒. 24 ay boyunca me┼če f─▒├ž─▒larda y─▒lland─▒r─▒ld─▒ktan sonra ┼či┼čelenmi┼č, birka├ž kez bronz madalya alm─▒┼č bir ┼čarap. Burunda k─▒rm─▒z─▒ meyve aromalar─▒, damakta meyvemsi ve hafif├že baharatl─▒ lezzeti ile, yumu┼čak tanenli, ├žok g├╝├žl├╝ olmayan, orta-az g├Âvdeli bir ┼čarap. ─░├žimi hafif, hatta biraz fazla hafif. Bence i├žmeden ├Ânce uzun s├╝re dekante etmeye gerek yok. Ben i├žeri─čindeki Shiraz ve Cabarnet Sauvignon nedeniyle biraz daha g├╝├žl├╝ ve canl─▒ bir ┼čarap bekliyordum ama olsun. Masan─▒n geri kalan─▒ da ├žok kibard─▒ kimse ┼čaraptan ┼čikayet etmedi ­čÖé Ben ikinci kadehimi de menuniyetle i├žip bitirdim. Yaln─▒z yan─▒lt─▒c─▒ olmamak i├žin belirtmek isterim ki 85 TL bu ┼čarap i├žin, hatta bir├žok ┼čarap i├žin elbette y├╝ksek bir fiyat. Ancak bizim durumumuzda bu fiyat─▒ ┼čarap i├žin de─čil, bulundu─čumuz ortam i├žin de ├Âdedi─čimizi g├Âzard─▒ etmemek gerekiyor.