Red

1990 Chateau Musar

Red Blend

  • Lebanon
  • Bekaa Valley
Drink between 1999 - 2012 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 39

  • winemaker wrote:

    November 4, 2018 - Cork was soaked. A fair amount of ullage. Some VA and Brett. Needed a ton of air to come around and was still just ok.

  • straight outta iowa Likes this wine: 94 points

    September 25, 2018 - Double decanted 1-2 hours before dinner. I have enjoyed many Musars over the years, though this would be my first 1990. The cork was dry and broke in half on the way out (where did I buy this again?). Then the color: More rusty/slightly brown than I have ever seen from Musar, and i have had some older ones. So I am a bit concerned until I strain it back into the bottle shortly before leaving for the restaurant. I shove my nose down into the strainer during the process, and -- ahhh yes! -- this is classic Musar. The color notwithstanding, this Musar is big. Not one of the funkier Musars I've had. Not so feral. Rather, I get much more of what one quite astute reviewer in another Musar string dubbed "paint thinner". But in a very good way. Plus blood/iron. This wine also has plenty of years to go. I suspect it is currently roughly mid life. With respect to pairing, another great thing about Musar is its versatility, and in this case this bigger wine stood up quite nicely to the rib eye. On a final note, Musar could never be mistaken for anything other than just what it is -- which in my book is a cool thing nowadays.

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  • S. Grace Likes this wine: 94 points

    July 10, 2018 - Silky and tightly acidic. Red berries with hints of chocolate, coffee, and almost saccharine sweet after taste, I could definitely feel the warmth from the high alcohol

  • JonnyG Likes this wine: 91 points

    April 19, 2018 - From a Vinotech pour. This bottle may have been open too long, but then again, oxidation is a house hallmark. Elegant, restrained notes of faint cherry, balsam and leather, light-bodied but good persistence on the finish.

  • Tony Molester Likes this wine:

    October 15, 2017 - I've had 91 and 86 prior, and a few later as well. This single bottle of unknown origin was the best one to date. Pure silk on the palate. Tasted blind, this ethereal wine would have easily been mistaken for chambolle or similar. No small feat for a cab-cinsault blend.

    Signature clove and cinnamon nose, weightless texture on the palate. Stunning. One of the best experiences of 2017.

    Drink or hold. Fully mature.
    13.5% abv

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  • By Kelli White
    April 2009 (link)

    (Ch√Ęteau Musar Red) Much more subtle aromatics. Sweet, nutty smell of acorns and blueberries, evolving into green peppers. Tangy, almost sour in the mouth. Lighter in alcohol than is typical for Musar; Hochar explained that the grapes were harvested slightly earlier than usual. Terroir: Bekaa Valley

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1990
  • Type Red
  • Producer Chateau Musar
  • Varietal Red Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Lebanon
  • Region Bekaa Valley
  • SubRegion n/a
  • Appellation n/a

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 134 (58%)
  • Consumed 99 (42%)

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