2016 Chateau Musar Hochar Père & Fils, Lebanon, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$28.00USD

This is a second wine of Chateau Musar.   It is a blend of Cinsault (50%), Grenache (35%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (15%). Purple in color, ruby at the rim with some browning.  Dusty with black cherries on the nose.  The palate has a nice texture.  Black cherry fruit with a dry earthiness.  Tannic.  This has a nice complexity that indicates there is some upside to this wine.  It should improve a bit and be good for the next seven to ten years.  It should go well with stews or burgers or even pastas.  

2013 Domaine des Tourelles Marquis des Beys, Lebanon, Bekaa Valley, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2013
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$20.00USD

This is a 50/50 Syrah/Cabernet Sauvignon blend from the Bekaa valley in Lebanon.  It is a reasonably priced wine and well worth the price of admission.  Purple in color.  The nose has black raspberries, spice and a bit of char.  On the palate, this is tasty with black raspberry fruit.  This is about easy drinking in the near term.  No tannins.  It probably needs to be drunk soon at this point (it is already six years old).  It will go with a wide variety of foods.  Obviously mid-eastern foods come to mind, but it will work well with Indian foods too.  

Lebanon Wine Vintage Charts

Lebanon 2009 92 D/H 2008 89 D/H 2007 92 D/H 2006 90 D/H 2005 88 D 2004 92 D/H 2003 92 D/H 2002 89 D 2001 87 D 2000 93 D 1999 93 D 1998 86 D 1997 91 D 1996 92 D 1995 95 D 1994 88 D 1993 93 D 1992 87 D 1991 96 D 1990 92 D 1989 88 D 1986 88 D 1978 90 D 1966 89 D Vintage Charts should be used for a...

Lebanese Wine - Vintage Chart

2006 90 D/H 2005 88 D/H 2004 92 D/H 2003 92 D/H 2002 89 D/H 2001 87 D/H 2000 93 D 1999 93 D/H 1998 86 D 1997 91 D 1996 92 D 1995 95 D 1994 88 D 1993 93 D 1992 87 D 1991 96 D 1990 92 D 1989 88 D 1986 88 D 1978 90 D 1966 89 D Vintage Charts should be used for a generalized guide in lieu of specific...

Wine from Lebanon: History, Varietals, and Producers

When one thinks of wine producing regions, seldom is Lebanon at the top of the list. Yet, few places in the world have a longer tradition of winemaking. Wine has been made in Lebanon for at least 5,000 years since the Phoenicians domesticated grapes. Lebanon was, of course, part of the biblical land of Canaan. Jesus changed water into wine there at the wedding of Cana.