There's a lot going on here... first 2009, bottled very young (apparently they changed their bottling schedule). Much better than previous Perrin Nature bottlings, lots of sweet red fruits, some damp earth, and a surprising amount of tannin. Could use a few months to pull itself together, but this bodes well for the vintage.
After having spent most of the summer on the 07 CdRs, decided to change it up slightly. Compares very favorably, with woody herbs, concentrated red fruits, maybe a little cassis. Ample acidity keeps the fruit from being overwhelming but still mouth-filling. Probably the best California take on a CdR I've had -- similar enough but distinctly Californian.
More pigmented than most generic Bourgognes, offers up a nice, if somewhat demure, nose of cherry pit, red licorice, and a flowery quality. A touch spicy on the palate, adding ripe sour cherries and a hint of menthol. Nice deal here.