19 Vintages of Musar Rouge; 1/25/2015-1/26/2015 (Clark Point House in Southwest Harbor, Maine): Color: Deep ruby core minimal bricking and eventually a clear meniscus. Smell: Gorgonzola cheese it the initial & dominant scent followed by cement floor, leather, smoked/charred meats, white tea, and tobacco. Taste: blackberries, blueberries, mushrooms, black cherry, and clove. Overall: In the mouth this is all power, med+ body, med+ acidity, med+ tannin. There is an immense density that calls to mind the vision of the iron fist in a velvet glove. This is an outstanding Musar...yet it suffers when side by side with the '88. In honor of Bart Broadbent who made tasting the '84 Rouge possible I'll use the five * system. (***/*)
2015 New Year's Day Tasting- Double Blind $80+ (Marietta, GA): Dull crimson, aged, no sediment (in my glass at least); caraway, celery seed, leather, sour red fruit, black tea, nutty, brown baking spice, thinner due to age, still good life; intense fruit, medicinal cherry, slight orange peel, nutty, autumnal, great mouthfeel, Rhone-ish with a hint of Bordeaux character; very correct, should have gone to Musar right away; similar aging pattern as Quintarelli too- a long plateau where the wine just doesn't decline, great stuff!
Musarathon (Riga): 2h decant. Garnet-brick colour. Intense, deep nose of Creme de Cassis, sweet and smoky aromas, some leather, dark chocolate, pepper, slight barnyard in the beginning but it quickly dissipates. Medium body, high accidity, very long finish. Smoky cranberries on the palate and finish. An intelectual, interesting wine. (B+)
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(Chateau Musar) Bricked medium red violet color with pale meniscus; mature, redolent, milk chocolate, light tobacco, sweet sage, sweet herbs, cigar box nose; very tasty, maturing, dried black fruit, spice box palate; long finish 95+ points
(Chateau Musar (Bekaa Valley)) A fading red-brick hue, typical for Musar, this being the case on the nose as well as on its appearance. Sweet, gamey, leathery, spicy, smoky, full of cloves and roast meats, with a background vein that is slightly lifted and volatile, this will please fans of Musar everywhere. Quite light now on the palate, with the volatility suggested by the nose, here the aromas matched by evolved and gamey flavours set against a fading and increasingly lean palate. This should keep going for some time yet, although I suspect it is on a slow downwards slope from now on. Very fine though. Drink up - or at least start doing so!
(Chateau Musar) A mature hue, showing the pallor of age, but still with decent density at the core. A lovely nose, full of meat and leather character, with macerated fruits, prunes, dates and a hint of cloves. The palate is impressive. It has a rich, supple, velvety texture, with plenty of sweetly mature fruit. A touch creamy, it still has some peppery tannins showing through the midpalate and finish. What a presence - delicious - and yet will still improve with another three to five years in the cellar.
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