Bekaa Valley, Lebanon

Sept Winery

Semillon

Same vineyard as their non-amber. For some reason not quite as successful. Packaged apricot, buddleia, honey. The smell of this is fantastic. But then it dies away in the mouth! So close, because the acidity is pretty fantastic (odd for a semillon though, acidex?), and gives some zip to an otherwise relatively weak wine. It's just missing fruit concentration. If the nose transposed to a palette it would be a ten. Fascinating though, I'd love to follow this bottle over the next ten years, it'll get there I'm sure. Especially when you consider the poise and concentration of their "normal" merweh. — 4 days ago

Château Ksara

Reserve du Couvent Bekaa Valley Syrah Blend 2016

At Lebanese restaurant in Jordan. Blackberry jolly rancher with Great acid/tannin well balanced. Black fruit persists. Delicious. — 4 days ago

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Château Ksara

Cuvée Spéciale Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

At Ammatoli with the team. Really really nice. — 14 days ago

Sept Winery

Jardin Secret Goom

1150m up. Yeah very interesting, a grape that may very well be Chardonnay. Its not a tightly structured wine, much more herbal and reductive, in fact to the extent that the struck match aroma could almost be mistaken for oak. Acidity is there and the fruit concentration is an interesting lime and apricot mix, olive brine salinity, but the length is quite short.

Not a disappointing wine at all and worth supporting. Sept focus on indigenous single varietal releases and this should be encouraged.
— 4 days ago

Château Ksara

Le Prieure Bekaa Valley Red Blend 2014

First night in Aqaba. A served a bit cold but very nice for outdoor dining. Nice cherry raspberry vanilla hint med body. Will prob improve as warm up but like it already — 5 days ago

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Château Musar

Musar Jeune Rouge Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

2019…Bekaa valley Lebanon… a region to remember… Musar winery — a day ago

Château Musar

Gaston Hochar Grand Cru Red Blend 2016

Unique, creamy/silky texture, honey, citrus dry but rich. — a month ago

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. — 21 days ago

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@Jay Kline The 2014 is drinking great

Château Musar

Bekaa Valley Red Blend 2013

2013 blend. Chateau Musar is consistently wonderful. Hands down it is the Lepro table wine for every occasion. — 2 days ago

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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