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1996 Cha^teau Kefraya 'Comte de M,' Lebanon

November 01, 2000|S. IRENE VIRBILA

This top cuvee from Lebanon's Cha^teau Kefraya would make a plausible ringer in any Bordeaux or Rho^ne tasting--it's a gorgeous wine by any standard. I've seen it on wine lists for $120 and more, yet it's being offered around town at under $30. A blend of French varietals--Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvedre and Syrah--from vineyards that owner Michel de Bustros planted in the early '50s, it's a lush, supple wine with the taste of blackberries and cassis. Its massive ripe tannins means it has the stuff to age for years more.

Break this one out for the Thanksgiving turkey and you just may be the hero of the evening.

About $26. Available at Topline Wine & Spirits in Glendale, (818) 500-9670; Woodland Hills Wine Co. in Woodland Hills, (818) 222-1111; Wine Exchange in Orange, (714) 974-1454; and Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, (949) 650-8463.

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