Saturday, March 6, 2021

Famille Perrin Vinsobres Les Cornuds, 2016

We drank this Vinsobres as part of an online tasting with Madeline Triffon of Plum Market (Ann Arbor) and Marc Perrin of Famille Perrin. As Perrin pointed out, Vinsobres is the northernmost appellation of the Southern Rhone and Les Cornuds vineyard is at an elevation of 300 meters. The result is Syrah that approaches the elegance of Northern Rhone Syrah and is 50% of the blend (along with 50% Grenache).

Deep, dark color. Black fruits, violets, cassis. Tannic on mid-palate, but still delivers some fresh fruit. This is more like a good Crozes-Hermitage than a Cotes du Rhone Villages. I can almost taste how special this wine will be in 2025 to 2027, but it's no slouch tonight. Good value at about $15 a bottle. I think I paid $12.95 at Costco a year or so ago.


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