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Maison Nicolas Perrin Syrah Viognier - 2012

Vin de France

La Syrah assemblée avec le Viognier crée un vin d'une plus grande finesse et élégance aromatique. Sur le terroir granitique de la Vallée du Rhône Nord, cet assemblage nous procure fraîcheur et gourmandise.
     

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A fresh, delightful, unadorned style, with bright violet, white pepper, anise and damson plum notes. Offers a pure, mouthwatering finish. Drink now.

Bright violet. Wild, funky aromas of smoke-accented dark berries and cherry pit, with a hint of black pepper. Very syrah, and veering strongly to the animal side, with spicy black and blue fruit flavors that become sweeter with air. The gaminess fades on the finish, which is framed by silky tannins and lifted by repeating pepperiness. Not for everyone but fans of old-school Rhone wines will find plenty to like here.

Moving to the reds and a ripe, textured blend of 94% Syrah and 6% Viognier, the 2012 Syrah Viognier offers pretty, classic northern Rhone like notes of violets, plum and hints of meatiness in its fresh, elegant and supple profile. It delivers loads of Syrah flare for not much buck. A collaboration between the Perrin Family, of Beaucastel, and Nicolas Jaboulet, of the Jaboulet family in the northern Rhone, this lineup is made mostly from purchased grapes (The Perrin’s own some of the vineyards in Crozes), with the wines made using Beaucastel barrels in the north, and blended at the Perrin Family winery in the south. They are all well-made, high quality efforts.

Un vin de pays né sur les beaux terroirs du nord de la vallée du Rhône. La syrah fait merveille, dans un style friand, fruité et frais, épaulé par une touche de Viognier.

A tag team effort between legendary Rhône families, Jaboulet from the north and Perrin from the south, has resulted in a collaboration focussed on small-batch wines sourced from top growers and sub-appellations around the region. The Syrah offers classic earthy, meaty character loaded with spice, while the Viognier fleshes things out with a splash of stone fruit. Grill up some lamb and go to town.

The entry-level range is labelled by grape variety rather than appellation. Touch of white pepper, blackcurrants, accessible, hugely enjoyable.

Supple and full bodied, this is ripely flavored wine with cassis, black licorice, plum, cooked meat and rosehips aromas/flavors. Long, slightly rugged finish.