Department 66

Orin Swift D 66 Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes Grenache Blend

8.9636 ratings
8.841 pro ratings
Côtes Catalanes, Roussillon, Languedoc Roussillon, France
Grenache, Carignan, Syrah
Lamb, Chocolate & Caramel, Herbs, Soft Cheese, Salami & Prosciutto, Turkey, Pasta, Mushrooms, Veal, Tomato-Based, Chicken, Exotic Spices, Potato, White Rice, Duck, Nuts & Seeds, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Asian Cuisine, Salads & Greens, Quinoa, Farro, Brown Rice, Quinoa
Top Notes For
Kristin the Wine Girl

Way too ripe for what I was expecting. Not typical of the region.

Way too ripe for what I was expecting. Not typical of the region.

Jul 27th, 2020
Eric

Gobs of great fruit. Hot at open, then balanced after one hour. Dark flavor profile. Tanins are a little rough, but still very beautiful and enjoyable.

Gobs of great fruit. Hot at open, then balanced after one hour. Dark flavor profile. Tanins are a little rough, but still very beautiful and enjoyable.

May 21st, 2020
Joe Carroll

Owner/Wine Director Spuyten Duyvil, Fette Sau, St. Anselm & Gotham Artisanal Provisions

9.0

Way too ripe and extracted. Very un-French

Way too ripe and extracted. Very un-French

May 14th, 2020
Tobin Trevarthen

A good everyday wine. Lush and rich

A good everyday wine. Lush and rich

Oct 6th, 2019
Randy Fuller

This is a big, bold wine. On the nose, blackcurrant and blueberries take a lot of leather, tobacco, allspice and licorice along for the ride. The palate is rich with blackberries and plums, with savory aspects equally forceful. The tannins are somewhat stiff, but would be welcome with a big, fatty steak on the plate. A zippy acidity embraces the wine’s minerality, providing a lip-smacking refreshment.

This is a big, bold wine. On the nose, blackcurrant and blueberries take a lot of leather, tobacco, allspice and licorice along for the ride. The palate is rich with blackberries and plums, with savory aspects equally forceful. The tannins are somewhat stiff, but would be welcome with a big, fatty steak on the plate. A zippy acidity embraces the wine’s minerality, providing a lip-smacking refreshment.

Apr 19th, 2019
Daoud Sangwa

Sommelier Whole Foods Market

9.1

I call this wine an american muscle car made in France, big black fruit, a lot of alcohol...Just what I need for Chicago winter:). It tastes much better after it's been decanted for a while.

I call this wine an american muscle car made in France, big black fruit, a lot of alcohol...Just what I need for Chicago winter:). It tastes much better after it's been decanted for a while.

13 people found it helpfulDec 17th, 2014
Erica Stroh

Jammy

Jammy

2 people found it helpfulApr 12th, 2014
David Marshall

Awful. Unless you like massively over fruity and alcoholic mish mash. Usual Swift though.

Awful. Unless you like massively over fruity and alcoholic mish mash. Usual Swift though.

1 person found it helpfulMar 15th, 2018
Mike R
9.1

It takes awhile to open but when it does then all smiles

It takes awhile to open but when it does then all smiles

1 person found it helpfulJul 28th, 2017
Josh Hansel

Too alcoholic for this wine drinker.

Too alcoholic for this wine drinker.

1 person found it helpfulAug 19th, 2015