Along with the calamari discussed below I opened a 2010 Perrin Nature Cotes du Rhone. This is the newest wine in the Perrin line which starts at the top with Chateau Beaucastel, one of the best Chateauneuf du Papes. This wine used organically grown grapes and used no chemicals in the vineyard.
It had a rustic nose of grapes, white pepper and earth. The aromas here shouted that this was not a polished wine with any delusions - it was just good drinking wine. The color was dark and the body medium. Great forward fruit of berries and cherries, and there was just enough tannin to keep it honest. Medium length to the finish. Good acid that was in balance with everything else. Nothing remarkable here other than a good, honest, inexpensive wine that was great with the calamari. Perfect wine for pasta with red sauce.
2010 Perrin Nature Cotes du Rhone. 12.5% alcohol and $9.