D66 Grenache 2009
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
External Reviews for D66 Grenache
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.