Perrin Les Christins Vacqueyras 2003
80% Grenache 20% Syrah
A nice surprise opening this bottle with my good pal Peter Benchetler after working a shift at the Side Door here in Mammoth. I have been way off lately in terms of tasting wines I enjoy. Haven't had time to search out the very few bottles that fit my palate in this small mountain town. I reached for this Rhone wine tonight and it was showing wonderfully. I hope not only because of the Rombauer mouthwash I have recently switched to, but also because at 8 years out it's at a prime drinking point. Snooth lists it's maturity at 2005-2011, and I think it's definitely at a beautiful peak.
First opened, it displayed a very foresty and gamey nose. Right off the bat the Fruit was explosive on the palate (almost in a fruit forward way) and then tamed down dramatically 5 minutes into the bottle (in a good way). From then on it was harmonious with a slightly gamey/liquorish nose, a nice red fruit and bright acidity on the palate and finished with a big but not overwhelming dry tannin.
It reminded me of how personal a wine can be (and usually is). This is how this wine tasted to me at this very moment with this single bottle. May I have been in a different setting or tasting superior quality wines previously it would have tasted totally different.
Anyway, cheers to some fucking good wine for the time being!
above, some bubbly on display at Side Door in Mammoth Lakes.