D66. That’s it. The label art and bold name are enough to perk your interest… but can the wine back it all up?

This is one of Orin Swift‘s latest releases from their new winery and vineyards in France.  In case you are wondering about the name, “D66″ refers to “Department 66.” France is divided into 101 departments, and the 66th department houses the vineyards that are used to create this bold red. These vines, averaging 60+ years old, are located in Maury, a small town very close to the Spanish border. So close to Spain, in fact, that we opted to put it on our Spanish wine rack (the real reason was we ran out of room)!

Not only is this wine close to Spain geographically, but it is close in flavor profile too. If I were to blind taste this wine, I probably would have guess that it was a Spanish wine rather than French. Primarily Granache, this wine is composted of 80% Grenache, 12% Syrah, 8% Carignan. Its almost black in color, rich, and very concentrated. Flavors of dark cherry, plumb, spice and mineral with a perfect amount of tannin. Its a big one, and it is very delicious. If you are looking to knock your socks off with a big red, D66 is your match.

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