Perrin Reserve Côtes du Rhône

This is an easy-drinking Rhone blend from major negociant Perrin et Fils. It’s 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre, and 10% Cinsault. The back label says the grapes came from both Chateau de Beaucastel’s vineyards and others in the Côtes du Rhône. The nose is slight, but not necessarily simple: we discovered mild fruit and floral notes, and even some woody and spicy notes. Maybe a tad thin on the tongue, but at $6.99, this is a bargain taste of the Rhone. The lighter style also makes this one more food-friendly than most current southern Rhone wines. Screwcap closure.