Famille Perrin 2019 “La Vielle Ferme” Rouge ($7.99)
La Vieille Ferme Rouge is a characteristic regional blend of Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache, and Syrah. The wine is a dark reddish-purple color, almost black at the center. Its cherry-berry aroma is ripe and fresh, focused on raspberry and strawberry with a back note of bing cherries. Its juicy mixed-berry flavor with distinct tannins. Berries and sour cherries continue in a long finish with good fruit and acid balance and firm tannins longering. 13% alcohol. U.S. importer: Vineyard Brands, Birmingham, Ala. (June 18, 2021)
FOOD MATCH: The winery suggests enjoying it “with a spontaneous meal and for enjoyment,” a delightfully pleasant if non-specific bit of advice.
WHEN TO DRINK: It’s delicious and well balanced. Although not designed for aging, it should drink well for a few years before you move on to a newer vintage.
This is a spectacular value for everyday drinking, year in and year out. Wine-Searcher.com lists an $8 average U.S. retail; you can actually buy a 3-liter magnum for around $20. This is one of the best low-end wine values around.
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