(2016) Though Château Musar has put Lebanon firmly on the map for wine lovers around the globe, there are several producers of terrific quality in the country, including the relatively new estate of IXSIR. This is an unusual blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Caledoc and Tempranillo, and the influence of IXSIR's French and Spanish winemaking team is obvious: the nose is redolent of creamy black berries, but with some graphite and a nice note of finesse with a cherry-ish, violet touch. In the mouth it is well-balanced and medium-bodied, the ripe fruit weighed against firm, tight tannins and a good acid structure. A wine that will also age for a few years. Watch the video for more information and food-matching ideas.
(2016) A Collumella in a more up font, fruit-forward and glossy, rounded style, but that herb and briar, earth and spice note is there, hints of truffle and undergrowth. The palate has a really firm stripe of liquorice tannin and taut acidity with so much juiciness and precision, but this one needs time for the structure to soften just a touch.