The 2010 Perrin Nature Cotes du Rhone is 95% Grenache and 5% Syrah sourced from a single certified (ECOCERT) organic vineyard located outside the village of Tulette near Domaine de Guarrigon in the Cotes du Rhone AOC of the Rhone Valley, France. A traditionally made wine that is aged in both stainless steel tanks and large oak vats. This is an unfiltered wine which means small bits of grape residue can end up in your glass. The alcohol content is 14%.
The color is deep dark purple with strawberry highlights. I like the nose, smokey with a touch of blackberry, frying bacon and strawberries in cream. A silky mouth feel that gets a little rougher around the edges. Black and blueberry upfront, then licorice and black coffee. The mid-palate adds cherry and chocolate, the tannins are stronger than I would expect from a Grenache, but they do bring added body and don’t intrude. The finish is dark berry and licorice and is strong and long.
The Perrin Nature has a few things going for it, it is organic, it tastes great, there is a touch of complexity and some nice depth and it should sell for around 12 bucks. The dark fruit flavors make the Perrin Nature the perfect Red wine for cool fall evenings and there is more than enough body to stand up to beef and pork dishes.