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Orin Swift 'D66' VdP Cotes de Catalanes 2011
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Orin Swift 'D66' VdP Cotes de Catalanes 2011

 
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Robert Parker 95
"As of now, Dave Phinney might be my “value winemaker of the year” candidate...The 2011 Orin-Swift D66 VdP Cotes Catalanes, a blend of 80% Grenache, 12% Syrah and 8% Carignan (from 60- to 100-year-old vines), comes from the schist and limestone soils around the village of Maury. Aged in 100% French oak (25% new), this 10,000-case cuvee retails for around $43 a bottle, but I suspect discounters will offer it in the mid- ... read more
Item ID: #16351
Size: 750mL (wine)
Closure: Cork

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Robert Parker 95
"As of now, Dave Phinney might be my “value winemaker of the year” candidate...The 2011 Orin-Swift D66 VdP Cotes Catalanes, a blend of 80% Grenache, 12% Syrah and 8% Carignan (from 60- to 100-year-old vines), comes from the schist and limestone soils around the village of Maury. Aged in 100% French oak (25% new), this 10,000-case cuvee retails for around $43 a bottle, but I suspect discounters will offer it in the mid- to -upper $30 range. This black/ruby/purple-colored wine boasts a terrific perfume of creosote, camphor, charcoal, blackberries, acacia flowers and truffles. Full-bodied and opulent, this is a prodigious effort from the Cotes Catalanes. Even at its full retail price of $43, it represents a striking bargain. I rated it 95."

"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."

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