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Massaya Gold Reserve Rouge, Bekaa Valley 2011 (750 ml) Massaya Gold Reserve Rouge, Bekaa Valley 2011 (750 ml)

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The 2011 Gold Reserve is a 50/40 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Mourvèdre, plus 10% Syrah. All of the grapes were sourced from Haddath Baalbeck vineyard, at 950 meters, with vines varying in age (the Cabernet being the oldest at 30 to 40 years, the Mourvedre at 18-30 years and the Syrah the youngest at 10-18 years). It was aged for 16 months in an equal mixture of new and used French oak and comes in at 14.5% alcohol. Showing its oak a bit too much just now, this is nonetheless very good. The Mourvèdre and the Syrah combine to give this an earthy dimension, cutting the oak and adding some complexity as the wine airs out. Beautifully focused, it is both elegant and gripping. Yet, it is also impeccably balanced, even if it is a bit hard-edged just now. A couple of more years in the cellar wouldn't hurt (this is a late release, a current submission). Give this a chance to calm down and acquire some complexity. It should age well.

- Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (April, 2017)

Our Price: $38.99