Sommelier’s selection 2018 red wines

2018, February 18th.

Here we are : the results of my tasting at Sommelier’s selection 6 days later. I’ve already given my selection of white wines. Now here are the red wines I liked.

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I tasted more than 30 reds and believe me, it wasn’t easy as it was my first time at such an event. I really appreciated 12 of them. This time again I gave marks out of 5. Here they are :

1. Chamlija Cabernet Franc 2014 : 4,5/5. A complex and exciting wine. Coffee, green pepper, cassis, dark plum, spices like rosemary… very impressive. Juicy, silky, a long length. Original, sensual, exciting.

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2. Sevilen 900 Petit Verdot 2015. 4/5. A delicious wine well balanced full of dark fruits (cherry, blackberry, plum), spices, earth, cocoa, leather. Impressive.

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3. Yedi Bilgeler Bias Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Merlot 2014. 4/5. It was already the end of my tasting. I was exhausted. But I remember perfectly a big shock and a big love for this brand that I will have to taste again in “normal conditions” which is “with a good meal and no rush”!!!

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4. Suvla Reserve Karasakız 2015. 4/5. A beautiful wine full of character and elegance. Soft tannins, red fruits (cherry brandy, strawberry, raspberry), mint. Long finish. Wow! Would be perfect with some duck.

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5. Kavaklidere Prestige Kalecik Karası 2013. 3,8/5. Quite similar to a good burgundy wine. Cherry, strawberry, plum, mushrooms, velvet tannins, medium finish. A very good wine.

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6. Doluca Tuğra Öküzgözü 2015. 3,7/5. Beautiful texture, well balanced. Plum, mint. Quite impressive. Have to try it again.

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7. Barbare Elegance Syrah Grenache Mourvèdre 2012. 3,7/5. Beautiful wine that reminds me the taste of the Rhône valley. Have to try it again.

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8. Sevilen Plato Kalecik Karası 2015. 3,5/5. Cherry, currant, very fruity, mushrooms, quite similar to a Pinot Noir. A very modern wine. Long finish.

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9. Vinkara Mahzen Kalecik Karası 2014. 3,3/5. Fruity with notes of cherry, plum, vanilla and a bit of oak. Very nice. Medium finish.

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10. Yedi Bilgeler Solon Attica Malbec 2016. 3,3/5. Impressive quality-price ratio here. Fruity, complex. Quite long finish. Wow. Have to try it again! Very nice discovery thanks to Andrea.

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11. Prodom Öküzgözü Kalecik Karası 2015. 3,3/5. Red fruits, very well balanced, very enjoyable, finish a bit too short.

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12. Vinkara Winehouse Öküzgözü 2015. 3,2/5. Light and fresh. Cherry, raspberry, cassis, coffee, chocolate. Medium finish. Vinkara is really strong at making good wines at reasonable price.

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And a special mention to Urlice wineries. I remember their wines were quite interesting but my body was incapable to drink more. I hope I can find them somewhere in Istanbul.

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Enjoy, imbibe!😜