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Massaya - Gold Reserve 2010

Information

  • Country: Lebanon
  • Wine Region: Bekaa Valley
  • Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon Blend
  • Grape Percentage: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14.5%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Food Matching

Food Matching

When young, good with a red-meat dishes or grilled cuts. In its mature period, excellent with feathered game.

Duty/Vat Paid
Bin End Limited Stock: (10 btls)
WA: 90 (2010) JR: 17 (2004)

Wine tasting notes

The purple look is deep and intense, with garnet-red reflection. The nose is clear and powerful with under-wood scents. This is a full-bodied pulpy wine with aromas os sandalwood and incense.

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2010)90 pts

June 2014 - Mark Squires - The 2010 Gold Reserve is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah aged in equal parts new, second-year and third-year French oak. It came in at 14.5% alcohol. As with many newly released wines, the oak is front-and-center here, but there is a lot more. With 30 minutes in the glass, and after an uninspiring beginning, this fleshes out nicely and becomes more and more interesting and sometimes impressive. It tightens noticeably, showing beautiful focus and penetration. Despite the elegance in the mid-palate, it does have a bit of a burly feel to it, largely due to the combination of oak, alcohol and some power appearing on the finish. That all seems to get better with air. Happily, as it airs, it also shows some complexity, not surprising considering that half the blend is Mourvedre or Syrah. As is always the case, it showed way better at proper drinking temperatures. This (and lots of other red wines) will work a lot better at 64 degrees Fahrenheit than 74 degrees Fahrenheit. Drink 2015-2024.

JancisRobinson.com (2004)17 pts

Published :14-Jul-2009. Strawberry, rhubarb, stewed cherries and cassis nose. Dry, full bodied with grippy tannins. Strawberries, rhubarb, black cherry, cassis and blackberry on palate. Very fruit forward and elegantly structured with a lasting finish. (LG). When to drink : 2008 to 2011. 

Vinification Notes

The grapes are hand-picked and transported in 30kg crates, then table-sorted and destemmed. Fermentation is in stainless-steel or wooden vats, depending on the variety. The Cabernet Sauvignon, which is very ripe when harvested, receives far more delicate care than the other varieties. In addition, fermentation times are adapted to the tannic structure of each variety: they vary from 20-30 days. The grapes are then pneumatically pressed.