Snapshot
Vintage: 2014
Bottle sizes: 750 ML
Country: France
Region: Roussillon
Appellation: Cotes Catalanes
Wine type: Red
Varietals: Red Blend
Varietal notes: 80% Grenache, 12% Syrah, 8% Carignan
Vineyard: D66 is from the Orin Swift winery and vineyards in Maury, France. The small town of Maury is in the outer Roussillon very close to the Spanish border and nestled in the Pyrénées-Orientales.
Soil: The terrain is dominated by black schist with a couple small deposits of Granite and Limestone in red rocky soils known as Angile. The schist is a crystalline rock based soil that retains heat well but is poor in organic nutrients and nitrogens.
Viticulture: The majority of the vines were planted more than 60 years ago, with many of the vineyards being even older.
Aging: 30% new French Oak for 18 months - bottle aged 5 months prior to release
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 crème brûlée, or crema atalana. 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.
Ratings
Publication: Wine advocate
Rating: 93
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 crème brûlée, 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.