Wine Spectator 93
"A modern style, offering intense, powerful flavors of roasted plum, dark cherry and kirsch, with boysenberry. Asian spice, cream and dark chocolate accents that are very rich, leading to the long and muscular finish which exudes a concentrated spiciness. Drink now through 2020."
"The wines of Dave Phinney and Orin-Swift Cellars capture the imagination in a way unlike almost any we know of. The wines are unapologetically full-flavored and intense, yet with a backbone of structure that holds it all in place. D66 is the inaugural release from their new winery and vineyards in Maury, France. The majority of the vines were planted more than 60 years ago, with many of the vineyards over 100 years old. The terrain is dominated by black schist with a couple small deposits of Granite and Limestone in red rocky soils known as Angile. The result is a very dark, concentrated, and rich wine."~Distributor Notes
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"The wines of Dave Phinney capture the imagination in a way unlike almost any we know of in today's competitive wine market. They are unapologetically full-flavored and intense, yet with a backbone of structure that beautifully holds it all in place. Department 66 is a passion project of Dave's born out of an inspiring visit to the village of Maury in the Rousillon, which falls within France's 66th department. Dave discovered, in his words, "perhaps the most amazing confluence of vineyards I've ever been exposed to." He spent days driving around with his jaw agape, stunned by the raw beauty of this truly unique place. The terrain is dominated by black schist with small deposits of Granite and Limestone in red rocky soils known as Angile. From it, Dave Phinney and his crew craft three wines: the dark and concentrated D66 made of Grenache, Syrah and Carignan; the aromatic, opulent and layered Fragile Rosé; and a new release known as Others, which is a rich, intense wine that introduces old vine Mourvedre to the blend of Grenache, Syrah and Carignan. In recent years, Dave has built a winery in Maury and ammassed over 300 acres of vineyards, many of which are 60-100 years in vine age. Maury is not a second home to the Phinney family, but rather their "other home" as its place in their hearts and minds is second to none."