The 2017 Famille Perrin Côtes du Rhône Reserve was made from a blend of Grenache grapes - from their Grand Prébois vineyard - Syrah - from their Vinsobres vineyard - and Mourvèdre. The wine was fermented and aged mainly in stainless steel, which gave it an incredibly fresh and youthful taste. Only a portion of the wine was aged in oak. Alcohol hits 14.1% abv and the retail price is around $10, a stupendous bargain.
This wine has a dark tint in the glass, foreshadowing a rich and deep nose and palate. It actually comes off fresher and brighter than expected, with aromas of cherry and earth and flavors to match. The wine was fermented and aged in stainless steel, so the profiles tend to be bright and focused. The finish is full of fruit, juicy and long.