2003 Château Musar Blanc Bekaa Valley
...very unusual wine! Pale copper...An acquired taste!
Rich with roasted hazelnuts and a high-toned citrus aroma, this Lebanese white is deliberately oxidized to produce a dry, savory wine that’s intriguing on the nose and palate. While glimmers of poached pear and lemon peek through, fruit is clearly secondary to the layers of nutty, yeasty, oily flavors that dominate the palate.
Mature-tasting, with fino Sherry flavors of sea salt, iodine and marzipan. (Web-2011)
This distinctive, full-bodied white is made from 100% Merwah, a Lebanese varietal, in an oxidative style with a very complex aroma and flavor profile. Think of a three-way cross between Sherry, aged Rioja, and the amphorae-aged wines of the Republic of Georgia. It is best enjoyed with a savory meal, especially if the flavors veer towards the umaami siade of the spectrum. For adventurous palates! Noted critic Ryan Jennings writes: "Light orange color; lightly oxidized, lanolin, wheaty, savory nose; tart lemon oil, citron, mineral, lemon cream palate; medium-plus finish." (RJonWine.com)