$20, 5 stars, 91 points, bekaa valley, cabernet sauvignon, lebanon
If you read my previous post about the Basque white we enjoyed at dinner, this is the follow up wine we ordered to accompany the Crescent Duck Breast, Young Broccoli, Rhubarb and Black Barley dish. Spectacular is what I remember as there were no notes taken. At 6 years of age this bottle looked a bit beat up but tasted great. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with Cab Franc, Syrah and Cinsault thrown in for good measure it combines red fruit aromas/flavors with nicely integrated oak, supple tannins and spice box nuance alongside some tertiary notes of leather and tobacco. Really great mouthfeel and a decent length finish. If tasted properly I would score this 91 points and give it a drink till 2028 window to pair with red meat, Duck (obviously!) or even a hearty Ragout. Yummy stuff to be had for under $20 that gets 5 stars from me. Salut….