Famed California winemaker Dave Phinney of Orin Swift Cellars is responsible for crafting such iconic wines as The Prisoner, Papillon, Abstract, and Machete. His new project travels to the south of France in the outer Roussillon against the backdrop of the Pyrénées-Orientales mountain range. He owns approximately 235 acres (93 ha.) which were planted more than 60 years ago. The terrain of the "Cotes Catalanes" is dominated by black schist, with small deposits of granite and limestone in red rocky soils known as angile.
D66 is comprised mostly of Grenache with a bit of Syrah and Carignan and is partially aged in French oak for 18 months.
"A dark red almost opaque color to the wine coats the glass and drifts down the sides slowly after the swirl. Aromas of ripe crushed cherries intertwined with seasoned French oak dominate the nose and lead gently into an enormous entry. Ripe strawberries and bruised watermelon front the structured mid pallet which bursts with bright acidity and subtle briar fruits. The finish is long, concentrated and lasting."