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Massaya Le colombier 2016


Synopsis, Our Opinion: This was a superb value and a top choice everyday wine.

Producer/Winery: Ghosn, Brunier & Hebrard; Tanail, Lebanon.

Grape Variety: Blend – 35% Cinsault, 35% Grenache Noir and 30% Tempranillo.

Geographic Appellation,, Region, Country: Beqaa Valley, Lebanon.

Vintage: 2016

Price: $13.50 (with a 10% mixed case discount)

Purchased From: The Caviste Wine Shop; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Paired With: Peppers stuffed with chicken and rice.

Tasting:

    Opened one hour before drinking and served very slightly chilled. Clear, light ruby color with a light red rim. Strong ripe red fruit aromas of cherry and raspberry, but equally strong tobacco, floral and dried herbs. Silky smooth mouthfeel, bold and powerful, 150-grit texture and a light body. Smoky meat, cherry, current, and strawberry flavors. Edgy acidity, very fine grain yet persistent tannins and a long slightly tart fresh fruit finish that was loaded with pepper and chewy tastes. WOW, WOW a delicious yet audacious wine that had similar characteristics to Beaujolais Nouveau, but more rustic. Noteworthy with and without food and at this price point it’s easily what we call a Quality wine at a Bargain price. This was a superb value and a top choice everyday wine.

Winter pruning at a Massaya vineyard
Photo from Massaya.

Comments: Learn more about Massaya and their wines.

Alcohol Content: 14.5%

Closure: Screw Cap.

UPC Code: 0 98709 00769 7

Imported by: Winebow, Inc; New York, New York.