La Vieille Ferme (Perrin et Fils) Cotes du Ventoux

This is another cheap wine from the Rhone Valley of France, and it’s a beauty. It is made by the Perrin family of Chateau de Beaucastel fame. The blend is Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, and Cinsault. With summer coming up, Rhone wines should be focused on more, as many of them (including the reds) can handle the hot weather and actually compliment summer foods beautifully.

COLOR: Fresh and dark. Nothing cloudy or thick, but very clean. A bit of Welch’s Grape Juice mixed with Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice Cocktail.

NOSE: Black pepper that only presented itself after about an hour of decanting. Forest floor, leaves, and some dampness.

TASTE: Strong blackberry and prune flavors coat the tongue first. Then it moves into the Old World flavors of basement, wet leaves, black moist soil with a bit of saddle mixed in there. No tobacco on this one to be sure, and I was waiting for it. But you definitely get a major hit of the woods in this baby. Very good balance of the fruit and earthy tones. Tannins are present but nothing violent. Lengthy finish.

WITH FOOD: Honestly, this would work great with a loaded pizza. Apart from that, aim for something with some tomatoes. Though the wine has some big big flavors, they don’t knock the teeth out of your mouth.

WHERE TO BUY: $8.99 at SkyviewWine.com!

WINEMAKER WEBSITE: Perrin & Fils

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