The Orin Swift Winery is best known for its flagship wine, "The Prisoner," a predominantly-Zinfandel blend that you should definitely try. To its presence in northern California the winery has now added over 200 acres in Maury, France, near the Spanish border in the Languedoc-Roussillon region. D66 (Department66) is the inaugural wine from that new project. It is 80% Grenache, 12% Syrah and 8% Carignan. When I saw that Orin Swift made a Grenache, I had to have it. This is a big, bold and beautiful wine. I am glad I bought 4 bottles.
Grenache is in danger of really becoming a pet project for me -- one where I seemingly forego other wines and buy (and obviously drink) as much Grenache as I can find. I have only had a few different Grenache/Garnachas but they all have captured my attention, even at different price points. So I went out on a limb, slightly, to order this wine at dinner recently. I had hopes, but I wasn't sure how I would like it, how my guests would like it or how it would hold up with our food. It was a success across the board. I have found Grenache to be smooth and complex. This Veraton was both and more, adding some nice spice notes. Unfortunately, this is too expensive to be an everyday wine as my search suggests a wide range of $25-$40 per bottle. But look to this wine with confidence if you are in need of a tantalizing wine that is both beautiful in color and delicious across your palate.