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Clos st Thomas Gourmet Rouge 2007

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Vintage: 2007

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault

I've been trying to get my hands on Lebanese wines for a ages! Not much comes into the country though and a good opportunity never presented itself, until now.  Clos St Thomas is located in the Bekaa valley; an area which is about 3000 ft above sea level and relatively dry.  The elevation provides cooler temperatures (they get snow in the winter) and more exposure to wind which sucks some of the moisture from the grapes.  

Aroma:  It smells rich and full with stewed cherry, liquorice, hints of strawberry jam and some mint as well.  The aroma is primarily rich black fruits.

Taste:  The fruit is pretty dense; a flavor of currants backed up with a bit of spice, some heat and a slight raisinated note on the finish.  The texture is pretty smooth and it doesn't have much in the way of tannins.  It's a big ripe wine that really fills your mouth with strong red fruit and a slight earthiness.  I think this is an ideal fall wine that will be great with stews and braised meats. 

This is a dense, fuller bodied wine.  If you like zins, southern Italian reds, or fuller Spainish wines this is a good one for you.  This is a good value regardless of where it comes from; that it hails from Lebanon and tastes like I imagine the Bekaa should just makes it all the more exciting to me. 

This is perfect for autumn fare and is available at the Rosemont market in Yarmouth, Provisions in Brunswick, and the Freeport Cheese and Wine shop. The price will be something in the range of $12.  

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