Tuesday, May 22, 2012

From the creator of Orin Swift The Prisoner



2010 Shatter Grenache....$27.99

DAVE PHINNEY FOUNDED ORIN SWIFT CELLARS IN 1998, BUT IT WASN'T UNTIL 2000 THAT THE SUCCESS OF THE PRISONER, A ZINFANDEL BLEND, ENABLED DAVE TO FOCUS ON ORIN SWIFT CELLARS FULL TIME. THE MERCURY HEAD, VELADORA, SALDO, PAPILLON AND PALERMO LABELS SOON FOLLOWED, EACH LABEL DEMONSTRATING DAVE'S INTEREST IN ART AND HIS ABILITY TO CREATE SURPRISING, UNCONVENTIONAL BLENDS THAT CONSUMERS WERE WANTING. LOOKING FOR A NEW WINE PROJECT, DAVE VISITED MAURY IN THE ROUSSILLON REGION OF FRANCE IN 2008 AFTER HEARING ABOUT IT FROM A FRIEND. AMAZED BY THE AREA'S POTENTIAL, HE MADE HIS FIRST WINE, A GRENACHE BLEND NAMED D66, FROM THE AREA IN 2009.

SHAT·TER   /'Sha-t r/
TRANSITIVE VERB
1 TO CAUSE TO DROP OR BE DISPERSED
2 A : TO BREAK AT ONCE INTO PIECES
B : TO DAMAGE BADLY : RUIN
3 TO CAUSE THE DISRUPTION OR ANNIHILATION OF : DEMOLISH
INTRANSITIVE VERB
1 TO BREAK APART : DISINTEGRATE
2 TO DROP OFF PARTS (AS LEAVES, PETALS, OR FRUIT)

2010 SHATTER GRENACHE
SHATTER, DAVE PHINNEY AND JOEL GOTT’S FIRST COLLABORATIVE EFFORT, COMES FROM THE SMALL TOWN OF MAURY IN THE ROUSSILLON REGION OF FRANCE. THE HILLSIDE GRENACHE VINES WERE PLANTED OVER 60 YEARS AGO IN BLACK SCHIST, A SLATE-LIKE, ROCKY SOIL COMMON TO THE AREA.  THOUGH NUTRIENT-POOR, IT RETAINS HEAT WELL, ALLOWING THE SLOW RIPENING  GRENACHE TO REACH FULL MATURITY THROUGH COOL NIGHTS.  TOUGH SOIL, STRONG WINDS AND HOT DAYS PUSH THE VINES AND CAUSE SHATTER, OR COULURE, IN THE GRAPE CLUSTERS, NATURALLY THINNING FRUIT FROM THE VINES AND PRODUCING MORE INTENSELY CONCENTRATED FLAVORS. AFTER HARVEST, THE FRUIT WAS COLD-SOAKED FOR 30 DAYS TO HELP FURTHER CONCENTRATE THE WINE, THEN FERMENTED AND AGED AT DAVE’S WINERY IN MAURY.
TASTING NOTES
A DEEP RED, NEARLY OPAQUE, HUE OF GARNET FILLS THE SIDES OF THE GLASS.  STUNNING AROMAS OF SUCCULENT DARK FRUITS AND RIPE CHERRY ARE NEATLY FRAMED BY SOFT FRENCH OAK. THE WINE HAS AN AMAZINGLY PURE ENTRY WHICH INSTANTLY COATS THE ENTIRE FRONT OF THE MOUTH AND LEADS INTO A SOFT MID-PALATE WITH REFINED ACID AND GREAT STRUCTURE. MATURE TANNINS ROUND OUT A LONG FINISH THAT LAST NEARLY HALF A MINUTE.  
!00% GRENACHE
15% ALC./VOL.
AGING: 12 MONTHS IN FRENCH OAK, 75% NEW

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