LCBO Sale Wine of the Week: March 30

Famille Perrin 2014 Côtes du Rhône Réserve (Rhône, France)

Sale $14.95, Regular $16.95
Discount (until Apr. 23): $2.00
Vintages #363457 | 750 mL bottle

Tastes like: Bright black and red berries with a hint of earth and some savoury licorice/herbal qualities.
Pairs with: Meaty nibbles, savoury/earthy stews, grilled meats, game.
Good for: Something cooked over an open fire. Or, sipping on its own and dreaming about an open fire.
Alcohol: 13%
Drink: Now through 2018.

Why we're drinking this
When you want to pretend you’re in France on a charming little bistro terrace, this is the wine that’ll take you there. It’s a quintessential southern Rhône wine: unpretentious, vibrant, expressive and—what it all comes down to—delicious. The Perrin family is a legendary presence in the region and they make wines for all budgets, from the wallet-friendly La Vielle Ferme label all the way up to $100 Châteauneuf-du-Papes. This Réserve is a staple at the LCBO, and as long as it remains under $20, it’s a very good value. A crowd pleaser for sure.

Tasting note
Here’s a nice little wine that tastes, well, alive. It’s got some verve, expressed in juicy black and red berry fruit. It’s mid-weight, kind of a goldilocks “not too light and not too heavy” thing going on. Which makes it a nice party wine, when you want something with a bit of personality. Good acidity and alcohol balance; it’s not too boozy. Under the fruit, there are some nice meaty-earthy-herbal hints, a little smoke and licorice, and a bit of a wild side. Great for grilled meats on the barbecue, rustic stews and pepperoni pizza. Drink now or hang on for a year or two.

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