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Famille Perrin is the leading organic wine growing family in the Southern Rhône region of France. Known for their award-winning Château de Beaucastel, Perrin also occupies a vineyard in the northern most part of the Southern valley, in the terroir of Vinsobres. Their other gem, “Les Cornuds”, is a blend of equal parts Syrah and Grenache, both of which can flourish in this upper region and add unique character to this wine. Both the 2007 and 2010 vintages were named to Wine Spectator’s Top 100 lists upon their respective release years, yet each of these vintages display vastly different profiles. After trying both, the 2007 offers much more fruit upfront on both the nose and palette, with well-rounded spice and gripping acidity on the finish. The 2010 needs air, so decant it for at least 45 minutes. Without it, the spice from the 2010 overpowers all the sweet fruit and chocolate notes that show up immediately in the ’07. Once it mellows, however, the notes become similar. Although, the 2010 retains a bit more acidity throughout the entire blend. At $20, either vintage is a bargain everyday Rhône built for those who can appreciate young, full-bodied French reds with fresh tart fruit, black pepper spice, and an earthy body and profile. –JT

2007 PERRIN & FILS Vinsobres Les Cornuds
SCORE: 90
Related scores: WS-91 (#89 on WS Top 100 2009), RP-90

2010 FAMILLE PERRIN Vinsobres Les Cornuds
SCORE: 88
Related scores: WS-91 (#58 on WS Top 100 2012), RP-90

Market Price: $20 (ea)

Recommended pairings:
Food: Moroccan Beef Stew
(example: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Moroccan-Beef-Stew-234422)

Song: Rachid Taha “Ya Rayah”

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