I bought this aged Lebanese blend of 50% Cab Sav, 40% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah from Quebec. It’s starting to turn garnet but is opaque in the glass with nice legs showing off the potent 15% ABV. The nose is quite intense with lovely aromas of blackberry, blackcurrant, charcoal, black plum, cloves, chocolate nibs and espresso bean. The palate is young with grippy tannins and gentle acidity. The flavors are all black fruit and oak driven. The tannic grip is a little overpowering for the fruit on the initial attack but I do get the flavors on the mid palate. Full bodied. The finish is medium but quite dry from the tannins that coat my tongue and gums. There is a depth of flavor I sense that will make this wine really shine in the future. It may be 9 years old already but it’s an infant- powerful and layered, it will drink nicely from 2024-2030. 92 points for this $42 bottle make it a 5 star effort. Salut….
Massaya Gold Reserve Rouge 2012, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon
28 Thursday Oct 2021