Lebanon

Château Musar

Bekaa Valley Rosé Blend 2018

This was presented double-blind to the Tasting Group. The wine is copper in color with a pinkish hue, possibly due to skin contact. No signs of gas or sediment. No staining of the tears. On the nose, some slight VA, underripe stone fruit, grassy notes, slight petrol notes, olive brine, white pepper and very slightly smoky. On the palate, fruit is more pronounced; bright and tightly coiled. The stone fruits are confirmed…adding quince to the fruit set. The wine is quite floral too and there is a slightly toasted marshmallow thing. The wine is dry. Not tannic. Acid is medium+. Wonderful texture. Guesses were all over the place but when I said that it was not testable, one taster called Chateau Simone Palette Rosé which, is a really great call. Anyway, Musar Rosé ended up being too far a stretch for even this group of seasoned wine geeks. This was my first experience with the 2018 Musar Rosé and I would recommend to hold for a few years an allow to uncoil and flesh out. — 14 days ago

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Château Musar

Musar Jeune Rouge Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2018

50% Cinsault, 30% Syrah, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. Tart. Nice flavors. Needed food. Should hold for several more years. — a month ago

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Château Kefraya

Les Coteaux Red Blend 2018

Nice surprise in our Lebanese Taverna dinner. Quite a nice blend. May pick some more up next time I’m at the LT Market. — 2 months ago

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Château Musar

Bekaa Valley Red Blend

Ming L
9.5

The nose starts off with subtle barnyard, then turn to fig, caramel, brown sugar, balsamic, game, and tobacco. Sweet cherry magically emerges on the palate - so youthful and fresh, and lingers on. — 19 days ago

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Château Ksara

Cuvée Spéciale Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

At Ammatoli with the team. Really really nice. — 7 days ago

Château Musar

Bekaa Valley Obaideh Merwah 2013

My first experience with the 2013 Musar Blanc. I opened this bottle about an hour prior to service and enjoyed over the next three hours. Served at cellar temperature. The wine pours a bright golden color with medium, almost medium+ viscosity. The nose is…fascinating. Notes of lemon, herbs, marigolds, honey, marmalade, cloves, bandaid, and something that reminded me of an old rail yard. No cap. On the palate, lemon curd, slightly underripe star fruit, green herbs, a bitterness that reminds of walnut skin…the wine is really wooly, with a long smokey and rather saline finish. Medium+ acid that builds with air. This is about as Musar as it gets. Rustic, wild and irresistible all the same. I’m sure this bottle isn’t without flaw but that’s sort of what you get with Musar. Anyway, we had no trouble finishing off the bottle. It should be noted that the wine improved with air. I’ll hold my remaining bottle until at least 2028. — 2 months ago

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Château Musar

Hochar Père & Fils Bekaa Valley Red Blend 2017

Popped and poured; consumed over three days. The 2017 Musar “Hochar Pere et Fils” presents a deep garnet color with a near opaque core. Moderate staining of the tears. On the nose the wine is funky cherry accompanied by desiccated strawberry, leather, damp earth, espresso, baking chocolate, and some exotic spices. On the palate, the wine is dry with medium+ tannin and medium+ acid. Confirming the fruit characteristics and non-fruit characteristics whilst adding a licorice, prunes and a woody note reminiscent of a hollowed out log. I have to say…after some time (Day 3), it’s just the slightest bit mousy...showing some volatility too…but well within my acceptable range for it. Finishes long, lasting well over a minute. Savory. A tremendous wine with a very Old World (Ancient) sensibility. The best vintage of “Hochar” I have had to date? To my taste, yes. — a month ago

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Château Musar

Gaston Hochar Grand Cru Red Blend 2016

Unique, creamy/silky texture, honey, citrus dry but rich. — 19 days ago

Château Ksara

Reserve du Couvent Bekaa Valley Syrah Blend 2019

Nice Ksara to celebrate Cosetta in Washington! — 2 months ago

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Château Kefraya

Bekaa Valley Red Blend 2017

Cinsaut and Syrah blend, dark pinkish, good fruit with medium finish — 2 months ago