2010 Famille Perrin "Les Sinards" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Previously $35)
Lush and inviting, with smoldering black tea weaving through the fleshy layers of melted fig, hoisin sauce, plum preserves and blackberry pudding. The dark ganache-coated finish has serious grip. Best from 2014 through 2025. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Under the Perrin et Fils label, the family also produces a Chateauneuf du Pape called Les Sinards. Their 2010 includes purchased grapes as well as declassified portions from the rather large Beaucastel vineyard. This is mostly a Grenache cuvee compared to their estate Chateauneuf du Papes, which have less Grenache and much more Mourvedre and Counoise, Syrah and other authorized varietals. The wine is deep, lush, and meant to be drunk in its first 7-8 years of life. It is quite heady and very Provencal in its style.
70% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 15% Mourvèdre. The grapes are predominantly sourced from the young vines at Ch de Beaucastel itself, with smaller amounts coming from the Perrin family vineyards near the centre of the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and the nearby commune of Orange, on soils made up of diluvial alpine deposits and round pebbles. Once the grapes are picked, part of the harvest is vinified using a special technique of flash heating the grapes to nearly 80 °C, a technique very specific to Château de Beaucastel and the Perrin family. The remainder of the grapes are vinified traditionally after de-stemming. The wine then matures in large oak casks for around one year and is then bottled after fining and a light filtration. Dark crimson. Cough drop nose. Dry start and then a spread of spice and fruit on the palate. A little young really with the tannins in evidence, though more forward than its Ch de Beaucastel stablemate. Dry finish. Sincere.