Trader Joes does a fabulous job of catching me with wine end caps almost every time I shop there. This week it was the Famille Perrin 2012 Réserve Côtes du Rhône that made its way into my cart. You may be saying to yourself “That name sounds familiar”. It should! The Famille Perrin is a wine dynamo and produces quite a lot of outstanding wines, the most famous of which is in concert with the Jolie-Pitts, Miraval.
The Famille Perrin 2012 Réserve Côtes du Rhône comes in at 14% ABV. The wine is a blend of Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah which gives both fresh fruits and deeper flavors with a nice tannin. The wine is aged in both stainless and oak. We lightly chilled the wine (to about 65) and aerated it with our Vinturi. Stemless red wine glasses were used for the tasting. The wine is a deep violet. The wine bottle didn’t give much aroma when opened but there were light cherries and herbs when sniffed right up close.
The Famille Perrin 2012 Réserve Côtes du Rhône has a moderately perfumed nose that needs aeration to really get rolling. The nose shows red fruits, mostly cherry with hints of raspberry. The nose also shows a melange of spice and herbs, with pepper being a little more noticeable as the wine warms up. The notes are similar when swirled around the mouth but after the fruit you get a lot of umami type flavors in the mid palette as well as coffee, tobacco, light oaky notes, and a hint of menthol. As you move into the finish you can really taste the terroir, with a burst of minerals. The tannins are present, but they aren’t too much for those sensitive to tannin. The body is mid-weight but silky. The acid is moderate and the finish is a bit longer than medium, but it’s not overly long either.
When we were sipping this alone, we weren’t sure where to rate it. It’s elegant and restrained. No fruit bomb or an obscene amount of tannins. We hesitated on rating until dinner, which was pan-seared burgers and roasted corn. The wine was exceptional with the food, cleansing and fruitier but still bone dry. The food brought out the fruit, black pepper, and minerals. We both agreed on 87 points after eating which is what the Wine Advocate rated this one so I think we’re right on the money. This is currently retailing for $12 at my Trader Joes which I think is a fair price for the wine. It’s not as fruity as many of the wines we tend to like in my house but it’s very elegant and will match with many dishes but really sings with red meats. It’s also nice to find a wine that balances my tastes and my husbands in a red at under $20. I’d recommend this wine for taking to dinner parties or with a nice homemade Steak Frites or Steak Au Poivre dinner.
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