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Domaine des Tourelles Red, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon 2010

David Williams recommends three wines from the Arab world in the The Observer this week, including this Bekaa Valley red. In the piece he praises the perseverance of Lebanese winemakers, who continue to produce despite the difficulties they face: “Plucky is the adjective that tends to describe Lebanese winemakers, working as they do in conditions that can be challenging for reasons other than the weather. But there’s more to the wines than the tale of their production.

“There’s real flair, for example, in this blend of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cinsault from the country’s oldest commercial winery, Domaine des Tourelles. Like many reds with French influence, it’s pitched in style between Bordeaux and the Rhône, with a bright cherry character and gently gripping tannins.”

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