Domaine des Tourelles, Cuvee Pierre Brun, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, 2014
This wine: lot No. none found, a blend of cabernet sauvignon, syrah, cinsaut and carignan; fermented and aged in concrete tank, coated natural cork closure, 14% abv, Majestic Wine, £12.99 (11/18)
Consumer tasting note: a promising nose of ripe black fruits, creamed red cherry, tea rose and black liquorice, but the intensity dwindles somewhat in the mouth, with slightly drying tannins, and a little bitterness on the end of a medium length. A winter casserole wine, to have with it, or in it. Drink now –
RTD, but will keep – Wait. Decant for thirty minutes.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears [no sediment].
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, with aromas as they come, of stewed lightly high-toned red cherry with a creamy lactic edge, spicy, a little cedar, touches of squashed blackcurrant and ripe black cherry, a little earthy, beeswax, hint of tarry black liquorice, a passing floral lift of tea rose.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, ripe medium (+) lightly drying tannins, medium (+) alcohol, medium body, medium intensity, a smooth texture with a sense of sweetness in mid-palate, with flavours of blackcurrant, black cherry, dried herbs, black liquorice. A medium length with a clean moderately drying finish of black fruits, with a slight bitterness on the end.
Quality: good, tannins a little drying – perhaps over-extracted, emphasized by the fresh acidity; of moderate intensity and similar concentration; showing moderate complexity with evidence of time in bottle, with beeswax, cedar and earthy notes; finishes medium.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing – overall commonplace throughout, the tannins still need time to round, and there is that bitterness, drink up now.