2010 Famille Perrin & Fils "Réserve" Côtes du Rhône
From three vineyards: Syrah from Vinsobres, Grenache from Orange, Mourvèdre from close to St-Maurice. They claim that of all the widely available Côtes du Rhônes, this is one of the few based on estates. Relatively simple nose. Good freshness and fruity attack but still pretty young and chewy.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Another wine not to miss in this less expensive category is their Perrin 2010 Cotes du Rhone Reserve. There are nearly 200,000 bottles of this wine, and to reiterate, the Grenache comes from their estate in Grand Prebois (which represents 50% of the blend), the Syrah from their holdings in Vinsobres, and the rest from St.-Gervais and other estates where they have contracts to purchase grapes, not finished wine. This is a beauty - deep ruby colored, with lots of berry fruit, tobacco leaf, and licorice as well as hints of mint and kirsch. A super introduction to the southern Rhone, this beauty should drink well for another 3-4 years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep ruby. Cherry and dark berries on the pungent nose. Offers gently sweet blackberry and cherry flavors and picks up slight bitterness with air. Finishes on a smoky note, with good energy and a touch of bitter cherry.
A light-bodied, floral style, offering violet, high-toned cherry and damson plum notes that carry through the sandalwood-framed finish.
This is a wonderful follow-up to the 2009 which was one of our top selling wines of last year, on shelves now with a brand new label! The 2010 Perrin Réserve Côtes du Rhône is packed with bright, high-toned red fruit, cherry kirsch and red licorice notes as well as red raspberries and spice which mingle with racy acidity and subtle hints of oak. The Perrin family owns the famous Chateau Beaucastel which is renowned as one of the greatest producers in all of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Pierre Perrin is head vineyard scout for the Perrin family and his job is to unearth diamond in the rough vineyards to source great fruit for many of the Perrin family projects such as the Perrin Reserve wines. 13.5% abv.