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WINE OF THE MONTH: 2000 Perrin Reserve Cote du Rhone ($8.50)

September 15th, 2003

The Perrin family, owners of the prestigious Château de Beaucastel , are outstanding winemakers in the Rhone Valley. Their 2000 Reserve has a deep red color, and is loaded with fruit in an old world style. It is a blend of Grenache (60%), Syrah (20%), Mourvedre (10%) and Cinsault (10%). The wine is a perfect balance of cherries, blackberries with a mix of spices and pepper. It is a soft, medium bodied wine with a nice long finish. It has more complexity than you would think; and as an everyday house wine it’s a homerun.

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