A Lebanese Red

After Matt’s Christmas party on Thursday we decided to go to the Lebanese Taverna, one of our favorite places, for dinner since I didn’t have anything made. Yum! We’ve tried many of the Lebanese white wines on the menu in previous visits (in addition to Lebanese beer) and many have been very tasty. I’ll write about them next time we try them. On Thursday, we thought we’d try a red instead.

We bought a bottle of Chateau Kefraya 2005 Les Breteches. It was $27 at the restaurant, 13.5% alcohol by volume and a cork closure. The wine was a blend, containing 70% Cinsaut, 5% Syrah, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Tempranillo, 5% Carignan, 5% Grenache and 5% Mourvedre. It hails from the Vallee Da La Bekaa.

We drank this with a beef and lamb shwarma with came with tomatoes, onions and rice pilaf. Which, but the way, is a fabulous dish. Yum! Anyway, the wine had a very reserved nose of raisins and spices. But it was rather large in the mouth given the reserved nose, with a very long finish. Paired well with the dish, but I thought it should have been a touch colder.