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D66 Grenache 2009

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The wine has a very dark, opaque red color with subtle aromas of toasted oak, ripe blueberry jam and dried rose petal. The entry is mouth coating and lush. Opulent plum and ultra ripe cherry are balanced with asian spices and a bright vein of minerality and acidity that give great structure, weight and balance to the long finish. The tannin chains are long and will lend to ageability for 5 to 10 years.

Region: USA » California » Napa

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Color: Red
Varietal: Grenache
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Orin Swift Cellars:
Orin Swift Cellars is the realization of a dream that began while studying abroad at the University of Florence in Florence, Italy. Like so many other college students I was at odds with what to do upon graduation. Fortunately for me, my roommate at the time was from an old wine family in the Sonoma valley and he had a great suggestion: "Why not get into the wine business? You seem to l... Read more
Orin Swift Cellars is the realization of a dream that began while studying abroad at the University of Florence in Florence, Italy. Like so many other college students I was at odds with what to do upon graduation. Fortunately for me, my roommate at the time was from an old wine family in the Sonoma valley and he had a great suggestion: "Why not get into the wine business? You seem to like wine." In truth, I did enjoy wine and even more, I enjoyed the idea of what I perceived to be an honorable and honest profession. Having just finished an internship for a congressman the previous semester, the latter was very important to me. When I returned to the States, I tried to immerse myself in all aspects of the wine business, which is no easy task being in the middle of the desert at the University of Arizona. As luck would have it, I found a professor in the agriculture department who was also interested in growing grapes and in the spring of 1997 the University planted a one-acre experimental block in the heart of Tucson, Arizona. Equally important was the experience I gained while working at one of Tucson's finest retail wine shops learning the hardest part of the wine business, selling the stuff. A few months later, I found myself with a degree in political science working my first harvest for the Robert Mondavi Winery. I cut my teeth as the low man and only white guy on an all-Mexican nightshift. I was hooked. The next year, I started Orin Swift Cellars with two tons of purchased Zinfandel grapes and as my wife likes to say, with one pair of shoes. Over the last few years we've continued to grow, adding Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc to the program, as well as streamlining the Zinfandel into what is now our flagship wine, "The Prisoner". In addition, we recently purchased forty-eight acres of raw land in the hills above Oakville and hope to someday build a winery there. Until then, we welcome you to visit us at our newly renovated offices and tasting room located in the heart of downtown St. Helena at the historic Odd Fellows Lodge. From all of us at Orin Swift Cellars, we thank you for your interest and hope you continue to enjoy the wines, which we proudly offer. Read less

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Snooth User: Wine Fire
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3.50 5
06/03/2011

This new release is cast in the unmistakable Orin Swift style of powerful wines with grip and spread. The nose opens with pleasant, harmonious notes of earth, floral, berry and spice. The palate launches fiery and a bit angry and pleads for time in the air. At 30 minutes, the heat begins to integrate, as notes of chocolate and coffee emerge, along with bright red fruit, including cherry, raspberry and red plum, which lingers in counterpoint to an earthy minerality combined with herbal overtones that invade the front of the tongue before a swift tannic drying sweeps the front and mid palates clean. A pleasant acidity supports a lengthy, spicy finish on the back. At an hour, the palate develops a metallic glazing that interrupts the complexity and seems to bring the wine’s evolution to a halt. Chocolate and fruit remain, along with spice, ,and the power of the wine is undeniable, but the depth that gave such interest at 30 minutes is reduced after an hour.


Snooth User: deconut
100466939
4.00 5
07/03/2011

I truly loved the wine - jammy yet subtle - plum and cherry with a spice base - acidy but not too much - drinking now but I bet this will be a 5 star in a couple of years - love Orin Swift and what they continue to do!!!


Snooth User: ScottLauraH
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4.00 5
08/02/2011

This is a big wine. At first sip, I was unsure, but after letting it sit in my glass for awhile, the fruit really came out and the wine became more balanced.


Snooth User: sophiehudson
272179103
2.50 5
07/24/2011

Was in a little wine shop in Pinehurst, NC and spotted the D66 so I had to try it. Brought it down to proper serving temperature and let it open up a bit. It was really dark in color and we could smell the smokey tobacco and leather notes. It's interesting - I almost felt like it was a dark, brooding glass of wine. It was good, just not our favorite of Orin Swift wines. I will say that we did not have it with food, so may try it again by pairing it with braised short ribs or something similar.


Snooth User: deconut
100466939
4.00 5
09/23/2011

Four glasses


External Reviews for D66 Grenache

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07/16/2013

Orin Swift D66 09 Grenache


External Review
04/10/2011

Sattes Granatrubin. Verführerische Nase: reife Backpflaumen, Korinthen, Nussschokolade und Brombeergelee, am Gaumen samtige Tannine, eine perfekt fliessende Textur, samtig und mit ungeheurer Eleganz ausbalanciert, im nicht endenwollenden Finale wiederum reife Brombeeren und Nougatschokolade.



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The wine has a very dark, opaque red color with subtle aromas of toasted oak, ripe blueberry jam and dried rose petal. The entry is mouth coating and lush. Opulent plum and ultra ripe cherry are balanced with asian spices and a bright vein of minerality and acidity that give great structure, weight and balance to the long finish. The tannin chains are long and will lend to ageability for 5 to 10 years.

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Alcohol: 15.70%

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