Sunday, February 1, 2009

2006 Vinsobres

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2006 Perrin & Fils "Les Cornuds", AC Vinsobres.

I've loved Vinsobres for so long. Always so much flavour and intensity for a wine that's priced so well. I have some experience with the Les Cornuds vineyard. In particular, I remember being very impressed with the 2004. Partly because I paid $45 for a bottle of the 2004 Les Hauts de Julien, and the $17 Les Cornuds was a bombshell. Really made me question my sanity - who in their right mind would pay $45 for a Cotes du Rhone?

Anyways. The 2006 was a bit uninspired. Ruby red, full saturation. Nose of deep red cherries, stewed prunes, raisiny. Some earthiness, but maybe this is too young. Lean on the palate, high acidity into an extremely bitter finish. Good intensity, but overall, lacks the depth of the 2004. Unfortunate, but maybe this is a symptom of the vintage. Half each of syrah and grenache, maybe this blend didn't work so well for 2006.

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