Orin Swift 'D66' Grenache 2018 - 750ml

Orin Swift D66 Grenache 2014 - 750ml

Orin Swift 'D66' Grenache 2018 - 750ml

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Dave Phinney’s Department 66 project is based in Maury, Richard Case and Bob Doyle running the winery in his absence. Some of the first vineyards Phinney owns, they have amassed about 120ha, built a winery, and have been up and running since 2009. This 2018 boasts raspberry cola, brandied cherry and rich cedar aromas and has voluminous body and weight. Dark sweet black fruit, salted milk chocolate, liquid slate, and a wealth of spices on a long finish.

92pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Winemaker Dave Phinney has crafted an excellent 2018 Côtes Catalanes Grenache D66, blending 85% Grenache with 15% Syrah. It boasts big black-cherry fruit, plus some crushed stone and hints of Mexican chocolate on the nose, while the full-bodied palate is rich and concentrated, with a long, layered finish. It should drink well through at least 2030.

Winemaker Notes

Optimum growing conditions with a crowning harvest mark the 2014 vintage. A saturated cardinal hue belted in garnet is revealed in the glass. The nose brims with an impeccable oak profile with shaded oak tree accents. A mineral cast of alluvial soil can be detected as well, which frames a vibrant perfume of red berry fruits, cassis, cardamom, and exotic spices. The entry bursts with a vibrant blueberry and cassis concentrate that is rounded out with the richness of a creme brulee, or crema catalana. The mid palate has vibrant acidity with distinctive mineral notes of garrigue, stone, and schist. Closing with purpose, the wine boasts silky tannins and a lengthy finish of sublime richness.

Winery Notes

In France, the "department" exists as an administrative division much like a county does in America. Deep in the Southwest corner of the country lies Department 66, which serves as the inspiration and namesake for our winery and vineyards in the town of Maury. Roughly two hours east of Barcelona, Spain and thirty minutes inland from the ancient Roman port city of Perpignan, old vine Grenache thrives along with Syrah and Carignan in the "Cotes Catalanes;" a sub-appellation of the Roussillon. We own and maintain 300 acres (120 hectares) of vineyards among the Pyrénées-Orientales mountain range, which were planted more than 60 years ago. The terroir is dominated by black schist, with small deposits of granite and limestone in red, rocky soils known as angile. Similar to the nearby growing region of Priorat in Spanish Catalonia, schist is a crystalline rock based soil that retains heat well but is poor in organic nutrients and nitrogens. Apart from lowland scrub, “garrigue,” and sparse tree plantings, very little agriculture survives here. The intense heat from the daytime sun is reflected back to the gnarled, head trained vines at night, increasing ripeness while maintaining acidity. The result is a very low yield (half ton per acre), but makes for a dark, concentrated, and finesse driven wine that embodies this singular region. General Manager Richard Case and Vineyard Manager & Cellarmaster Bob Doyle continue to make this dream a reality since 2008.

Blend : Grenache, Syrah, and Carignan

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