April 2013 - Mideast and Mediterranean - All Wines

This month's Wine feature is Mideast and Mediterranean - All Wines
(Cypriot, Greek Mainland, Greek Islands, Lebanese, Turkish) Wines
Mideast and Mediterranean - All Wines Reviews
202110
Getnatoun
NV Reserve Narine
Pale golden color. Perfumed aromas of honeyed apricot pastry, lemongrass, and jasmine with a tangy, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a carrot cake, apple cider, Meyer lemon, and mineral accented finish. A delicious, lively and unique white wine that will be great as a sipper or with sautéed fish.
91 points $9.80 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201708
Chateau Ksara
2012 Chardonnay
Pale straw color. Aromas and flavors of tart apples, green pineapple, lemon curd and faint toast with a crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a refreshing mineral, cream, lime, and drying oak accented finish. A very nice aperitif or shellfish wine with a charming old world style.
87 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202109
Getnatoun
NV Areni of Vernashen
Aromas of clay, mulberries, peppercorns, and sandalwood with a fruity medium body and a tangy cranberry sauce, dried sour cherry, apple core and pencil shaving accented finish with firm, coating tannins. A nice zesty and fruit table wine that will be good with rabbit.
85 points $9.80
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202108
Getnatoun
NV Areni of Getnatoun
Earthy herbal aromas of pickled tomatoes and berries, incense, and caramelized nuts with a tart, racy dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a cranberry-mulberry coulis, cedar, and pink peppercorn finish with gripping, dusty tannins. Interesting rusticity that needs foods, pair with venison stew.
84 points $14.20
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202111
Getnatoun
NV Reserve, Red Dry Wine Armenia
Mild aromas of baked berries and tomatoes and cocoa with a tangy, medium body and a tart sour cherry apple skin and dusty road accented finish with powdery tannins.
84 points $14.20
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201711
Chateau Ksara
2011 Le Prieuré Bekaa Valley
Aromas of clay, cedar, and berry pie crust with a tangy, medium body and a craisin and dusty, brown grass finish with chunky tannins. Pair with goat and game.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201710
Chateau Ksara
2011 Reserve du Couvent Bekaa Valley
Mild aromas of dried cherries, berries, cocoa and forest floor with a very tart light-to-medium body and a lit cigar and charred nut accented finish with heavy tannins. Pair with rabbit stew or goulash.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201709
Chateau Ksara
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep garnet color. Aromas of cigar tobacco, pepper, and faint berry yogurt with a tart, light-to-medium body and a burnt straw and cigarette finish with heavy coating tannins. Maybe with grilled boar or venison.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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