I`m quite a bit into Rhône wines these days, specially Northern Rhône. It`s actually an area I`ve had an interest for years, at least "theoretically", yet somehow just manage to neglect it all the time. Go figure...
This wine is from Vinsobres, Southern Rhône, made by the Perrin family, better known for their Chateauneuf du Pape`s. Vinsobres is a tiny village which previously had a Côtes du Rhône village status, but in 2006 it was changed into it`s own AOC. Wines must be made from an equal mix of Grenache and Syrah(or Mouvedre). It`s vineyards are considered to be the most northern in the Southern Rhône area.
Famille Perrin - Vinsobres "Les Cornuds"
11€ Wine-Searcher average price
This is lovely!
Has a subtle but elegant nose of ripe dark berries, white pepper, hint of oak, but not too much. On the palate this is surprisingly fresh and lively; with strawberries, fresh blueberries, hint of woodsy stuff and spices. Vinsobres is in the border of S- Rhône and N- Rhône, in a quite high elevation, and this is showing definitely here; Northern Rhône freshness meets Southern Rhône lushness. Strong mouthfeel, good acidity, and also quite big tannins, which indicates that this will age at least a good 5-10 years. Delicious aftertaste with earthy notes, pepper and strawberries. 14,5% Alc. is very well integrated.
For the price, pretty damn delicious Rhône wine.