The Perrin family produces a complete range of southern Rhone wines--from La Vieille Ferme Ventoux at $6 to $8 to Chateau Beaucastel Chateneuf du Pape at $60 to $80 a bottle. For any wine in this portfolio, you can pretty much count on getting a carefully made wine, true to its appellation and wine-making traditions. And, except for Beaucastel, the wine is nearly always priced a few dollars less than comparable wines from the same appellation. 2010 is the current vintage for the Perrin Reserve Cotes du Rhone, and it is fairly widely available, as the 2009 was, for under $10 a bottle. World Market was my source for this bottle.
Deep ruby. No signs of new oak or small barrels. Good fruit and spice from front to back. Dark cherries, lavender, a hint of black pepper and black licorice. Full bodied but elegant with good fruit definition. This is a wine I could be happy drinking every night.