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Famille Perrin Vinsobres Les Hauts de Julien Vieilles Vignes 2012

Rhone Red Blends from Vinsobres, Rhone, France
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Winemaker Notes

The Vinsobres Hauts de Julien is full of cassis, floral, earth and stony elements. An intense wine, with beautiful purity and texture accented by sweet tannins. Very enjoyable now, it should hit its peak around 2006 and last until 2015. As it was not filtered before bottling, it may throw some sediment over time, but this will not in any way affect its quality.

Quite a good match with Mediterranean dishes, especially those with black olives.

Critical Acclaim

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WS 92
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An alluring ganache note pulls you in and the flavors of steeped plum and macerated blackberry hold you there. Velvety in feel despite the smoldering charcoal hint, this lets the fruit win out in the end, with spice and toast accents melding into the background.
RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
And last of the 2012 Famille Perrin releases, the 2012 Famille Perrin Vinsobres Les Haut de Julien Vieilles Vignes comes from 90-year-old vines from the northern part of the Southern Rhone. Aged 15% in barrel and a blend of Syrah and Grenache, it gives up rich, meaty Syrah-driven notes of smoky black fruits, licorice, cedar and earthiness, with an almost Cornas like rusticity. Medium-bodied, structured and tannic, give it a couple of years and enjoy it through 2022 or so. Drink 2015-2022.
Barrel Sample: 89-91
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Famille Perrin

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Famille Perrin, Vinsobres, Rhone, France
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Jean-Pierre, François and Pierre Perrin are proud to present their fine wines, inspired by the memory of their grandfather, Pierre Perrin. Using the same techniques employed at Château de Beaucastel, the Perrins have added some interesting appellations to their already impressive list of wines.

"Jean-Pierre and François Perrin - chosen among the Most Influential Wine Personalities of the last 20 Years. The Perrins believe in natural winemaking, unfiltered wines, and routinely produce long-lived classics that are among the finest in the world." -Robert M. Parker, Jr's The Wine Advocate

Vinsobres

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One of the more established Rhône villages promoted to its own 'Côtes du Rhône Villages' appellation, Vinsobres produces uniquely styled Rhône Blends based on Grenache and Syrah in its relatively cool and elevated vineyards.

Rhône Blends

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With bold fruit flavors and accents of spice, Rhône red blends originated in France’s Southern Rhône valley and have become popular in Priorat, Washington, South Australia, and California’s Central Coast. In the Rhône itself, 19 grape varieties are permitted for use, but many of these blends, are based on Grenache and supported by Syrah and Mourvèdre, earning the nickname “GSM blends.” Côtes du Rhône and Châteauneuf-du-Pape are perhaps the best-known outposts for these wines. Other varieties that may be found in Rhône blends include Carignan, Cinsault, and Counoise.

In the Glass

The taste profile of a Rhône blend will vary according to its individual components, as each variety brings something different to the glass. Grenache, which often forms the base of these blends, is the lightest in color but contributes plenty of ripe red fruit, a plush texture, and often high levels of alcohol. Syrah supplies darker fruit flavors, along with savory, spicy, and meaty notes. Mourvèdre is responsible for a floral perfume as well as body, tannin, and a healthy dose of color. New World examples will lie further along the fruit-forward end of the spectrum, while those from the Old World taste and smell much earthier, often with a “barnyard” character that is attractive to many fans of these wines.

Perfect Pairings

Rhône red blends typically make for very food-friendly wines. Depending on the weight and alcohol level, these can work with a wide variety of meat-based dishes—they play equally well with beef, pork, duck, lamb, or game. With their high acidity, these wines are best-matched with salty or fatty foods, and can handle the acidity of tomato sauce in pizza or pasta. Braised beef cheeks, grilled lamb sausages, or roasted squab are all fine pairings.

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Some regions like to put their own local spin on the Rhône red blend—for example, in Australia’s Barossa Valley, Shiraz is commonly blended with Cabernet Sauvignon to add structure, tannin, and a long finish. Grenache-based blends from Priorat often include Carignan (known locally as Cariñena) and Syrah, but also international varieties like Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. In California, anything goes, and it is not uncommon to see Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, or even Tempranillo make an appearance.

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