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Wednesday, February 01, 2012

2008 Perrin & Fils Vinsobres Les Cornuds

The applellation of Vinsobres is situated in the southern part of the Cotes du Rhone, between Valréas and Nyons. The Perrin family traditionally makes this wine by blending 65% Syrah and 35% Grenache. The wine is usually partially aged in French oak barrels.

On the nose this wine exhibits ripe black fruit aromas, earth, pepper, pencil led, mineral, and a touch of dried herbs and flowers. It certainly displays a rustic and very Rhone-like muskiness, which is actually quite appealing and a nice change from the every day fruit-driven wines made in the sunny appellations of California.

On the palate the wine shows some really nice mixed berry flavors that combine with hints of cedar, mineral, pavement, and again pencil led. This is definitely a food wine that I can see paring quite nicely with some rosemary rubbed lamb chops! It is rustic and bloody wine that cries out for game meats and funky chunks of meat.....cool stuff...87 points.

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