Staff Pick

Shatter Vin de Pays de Côtes Catalanes Grenache 2012

$22

Shatter is a delicious collaboration between Dave Phinney (Orin Swift Cellars) and Joel Gott.  Highly recommended. Shatter 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.92 Points Robert Parker:  "A collaboration between Napa's Joel Gott and Dave Phinney, the semi-opaque 2012 Cotes Catalanes Grenache is a smoking blend of 100% Grenache that comes from the singular, black schist soils located around the village of Maury, in the Agly Valley in the Roussillon. Aged in French oak (a small part being new) and hitting 15.6% natural alcohol, this sexy, full-bodied, pedal-to-the-metal effort bears plenty of resemblance to the old-vine, 100% Grenache efforts coming from Chateauneuf du Pape. Kirsch liqueur, blackberry, toasted spice, garrigue and hints of vanilla bean all flow nicely to a seamless, silky, yet decadently styled red that has fine tannin, and a blockbuster, heady finish. It will certainly not appease those looking for lightweight aromas and flavors, but count me a fan. The oak is still present, so give it a year in bottle; it will drink nicely for another 5-6 years."

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Ratings on Delectable

Joni Murray

Great if you want big flavor with lower tannin. Smoke and sour cherry on the nose, ripe fruits on their way to jam, flavors of strawberries, plums and cherries that deliver then roll out for a satisfyingly dry finish that gives you a honorable mention in the tannin arena. High in alcohol at 15.9 but manages to hit your palette smoothly with wood and fruit, complexity and drinkability, awesome overall, highly recommend for pinot noir lovers looking to go bolder or cabernet scarey cats looking to get brave!

Great if you want big flavor with lower tannin. Smoke and sour cherry on the nose, ripe fruits on their way to jam, flavors of strawberries, plums and cherries that deliver then roll out for a satisfyingly dry finish that gives you a honorable mention in the tannin arena. High in alcohol at 15.9 but manages to hit your palette smoothly with wood and fruit, complexity and drinkability, awesome overall, highly recommend for pinot noir lovers looking to go bolder or cabernet scarey cats looking to get brave!

9.6

Jane Lordeman

Nice nice, smooth flavors, good finish.

Nice nice, smooth flavors, good finish.

8.6

Daoud Sangwa Delectable Pro

Sommelier Whole Foods Market

You really need to let this wine breath. It tasted much better the next day. I thought Dave & Joel did a bad job on this one, but I was wrong.

You really need to let this wine breath. It tasted much better the next day. I thought Dave & Joel did a bad job on this one, but I was wrong.

9.0

Russ Lord

2012, pretty good, more comparable to Joel Gott as opposed to Orin Swift. Had with smoked beef brisket.

2012, pretty good, more comparable to Joel Gott as opposed to Orin Swift. Had with smoked beef brisket.

8.5

Geoff Troup Delectable Pro

Sales Eder Brothers, Cellar Fine Wines

Ripe at first, before dark, warm pepper dominates the palate with some oak and wood and earth.

Ripe at first, before dark, warm pepper dominates the palate with some oak and wood and earth.

8.8

Tracy Hall Delectable Pro

Decant and enjoy. Lighter/lean style, slight smoke flavor with no elbows. Clean

Decant and enjoy. Lighter/lean style, slight smoke flavor with no elbows. Clean

9.0

Scott Wren Delectable Pro

Vivacious young Grenache from Cotes Catalanes. Dark fruit. A bit short. Pizza wine

Vivacious young Grenache from Cotes Catalanes. Dark fruit. A bit short. Pizza wine

8.3

Mark Cochard Delectable Pro

Sommelier phillywine.com, Chaddsford Winery

Pushing 15.6 abv, the concentration and intensity along with fruit the alcohol is in balance,fine grained grippy tannins lead to savory finish with heat showing up

Pushing 15.6 abv, the concentration and intensity along with fruit the alcohol is in balance,fine grained grippy tannins lead to savory finish with heat showing up

9.0

Rick Baumgarten Delectable Pro

Well made, tasty Grenache.

Well made, tasty Grenache.

9.1

Mark Cochard Delectable Pro

Sommelier phillywine.com, Chaddsford Winery

For $16.00 great value ripe cherry fruit. decent balance for the 15.6 abv

For $16.00 great value ripe cherry fruit. decent balance for the 15.6 abv

8.9

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