Shatter Vin de Pays de Côtes Catalanes Grenache 2013

$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 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

Meg Herring Delectable Pro

Thankfully not as “hot” as I expected at ~16% abv. Kind of dangerous for the same reason !

Thankfully not as “hot” as I expected at ~16% abv. Kind of dangerous for the same reason !

9.1

Wayne Vootsman

Wine club

Wine club

9.5

Janie Blanchard

I’d like to know what Edgar Alan Poe has to say about this bold and impressive wine. Smoky and peppery with a nice, dry finish. We are enjoying this while nibbling on dry cheese and putting together Thanksgiving dinner.

I’d like to know what Edgar Alan Poe has to say about this bold and impressive wine. Smoky and peppery with a nice, dry finish. We are enjoying this while nibbling on dry cheese and putting together Thanksgiving dinner.

8.9

JT

these guys make good wine!!!

these guys make good wine!!!

9.1

Gregory Stevenson

Good Safeway buy. 21 bucks with card

Good Safeway buy. 21 bucks with card

9.0

Lars Miller

Low tannin with lots of ripe berry. Not as fully flavored as I'd like but still very drinkable

Low tannin with lots of ripe berry. Not as fully flavored as I'd like but still very drinkable

8.5

Ryan Frank

2013 vintage - better on 2nd and 3rd days.

2013 vintage - better on 2nd and 3rd days.

8.9

Chris McClellan Delectable Pro

Red cherries, min oak, great acidity and super boozy! Not quite as candied as I thought, but i feel high alcohol overshadows the fruit. Finish is long. Alc % 15.6

Red cherries, min oak, great acidity and super boozy! Not quite as candied as I thought, but i feel high alcohol overshadows the fruit. Finish is long. Alc % 15.6

8.8

Dale Terry

Very enjoyable with baked pasta, sausage and mozzarella.

Very enjoyable with baked pasta, sausage and mozzarella.

8.4

Noah Michael

Awesome full bodied flavor. Extremely smooth, especially for the 15.6%.

Awesome full bodied flavor. Extremely smooth, especially for the 15.6%.

9.0

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