Famille Perrin "Les Cornuds" Vinsobres 2011
I like this wine. I really, really like this wine and promptly bought
and consumed two more bottles a few days after I first tried it. These days I prefer to buy different wines each time I go to a store, so I seldom return to the same producer, let alone the same wine. I guess that makes me a wine whore. This wine is really that charming, and not too expensive!
Wines made in the Southern Rhone are usually a complex blend of many different grape varieties (sometimes up to 13!) and various vinification techniques, so winemakers are able to achieve a very distinct style. The Southern Rhone is quite hot and dry in the summer and for some grapes, such as Syrah, the struggle is real and they perform better in cooler sites. Vinsobres is located in the northern portion of the Southern Rhone where it benefits from a slightly lower temperature due to the altitude. Syrah grown here will develop floral and black fruit aromas and will have a higher acidity and taste more fresh than it would if it was grown further south.
This particular Vinsobres is a blend of Grenache and Syrah, so it showed a nice mix of red and black fruits. The nose expressed deep notes of dark cherry, strawberry, cinnamon, licorice, and it had a nice floral aroma. Rose perhaps? I quite literally don't have time to stop and smell the roses, so I have a little trouble pinpointing specific floral aromas. But I digress. The wine had flavors of red cherry, raspberry, fresh strawberry, and baking spices. It was full-bodied, elegant, had a firm tannic structure, and was well balanced. It's an enjoyable wine with or without food and very easy to drink. But watch out for that 14.5% alcohol! You can thank the heat of the Southern Rhone for that headache.
Famille Perrin "Les Cornuds" Vinsobres 2011: Thumbs up! Currently a leading contender for the Yates house wine. $18.99.