Chateau Musar 1994 ($32.99)
This unusual, sought-after wine from the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon is made from a combination of red grapes including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsaut, Carignan, Grenache, and Mourvedre. It's often likened to Bordeaux, but I find it more Rhone-like, and there's nothing wrong with that! The 1994, last tasted in September 2001, is coming along well. Dark and slightly hazy ruby in color, it shows ripe and plummy black fruit with hints of burnt sugar and a distinct "barnyard" note in the aroma. Full and "sweet" mature-red flavors are consistent with the nose; plummy and tart, with distinct earthy tones in the finish. US Importer: Broadbent Selections Inc., San Francisco. (Nov 28, 2002)

FOOD MATCH: Fruit, acid and earth add up to a first-rate match with roast turkey, particularly the dark meat.



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