Crimson / purple with no fade to the edge. A well rounded nose showing blend of Syrah and Grenache flavours, and leaning towards dark berries, clay, plumbs and elements of chocolate/cocoa. Still very primary and a fairly solid tannin-acid frame. Upon opening it is a touch disjointed (even thin), though gains weight and balance in the decanter over several hours. In short, this is a decent to good wine, especially at the price, but I disagree that this is somehow in the middle of its drinking window. I think it will come together much better in a year or two, and possibly last another 5-7. 88+
Comparing with my previous notes, the wine is settled down, the acidity is lovely integrated, sweet ripe fruit is in good balance. After 3 hours the wine has opened with a whiff of warm smoky aroma and fresh cherry fruit.
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(Famille Perrin / Perrin & Fils Vinsobres Les Cornuds) Very dark cherry red color; savory, pepper, charcoal nose; tasty, very tart black fruit, charcoal, pepper palate; very poised and appealing Cotes du Rhone; ready now and should go 5-7 years; medium-plus finish (50/50 Grenache and Syrah; good value at about $19)
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