Original tasting and review : This is Famille Perrin Coudoulet de Beaucastel, Cotes-du-Rhone, France, 2012, finished at 14% alcohol and first sampled just two years from vintage date, in December, 2014.
In the glass: Deep burgundy with a brick edge and opaque from about a half inch of the edge.
On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows lightly muted red berries plus elements of new helium balloons. From the aroma, seems like this will be carrying much more to the palate than the nose is willing to reveal.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact fully layered and rich with red and black fruits, but in an overall sandpaper-based structure. Fully coats your mouth with little explosions of fruit that get delivered in gentle, raspy, tannin-loaded virtual pellets. The rich fruit gently glides to a sleek, violet-notated finish. Yum.
In summary: Overall, rates an easy four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.
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