2014 DEPARTMENT 66 “COTES CATALANES” PHARAON
Aged for 18 Months in French oak barrels, this penetrating, seductive blend of predominately Grenache originates from very old vines dating back more than a half century. With Dave Phinney’s superior blending expertise, he has once again crafted a delicious new blend that truly crushes the known standard for price to quality.
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2014 DEPARTMENT 66 "cotes catalanes" PHARAON
From Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate: "The top wine is the 2014 IGP Cotes Catalanes Pharaon, and it’s a barrel selection that ended up being an even split of Grenache and Syrah that was aged in 75% new French oak. While the cooler, late vintage didn’t favor Grenache, Richard commented that Syrah excelled, hence the larger portion of Syrah in the blend than normal. About as sexy and textured as they come in the vintage, this beautiful 2014 offers lots of crème de cassis, black raspberry, chocolate and peppery nuances to go with a full-bodied, luxuriously textured, hedonistic slant on the palate. Despite the ripeness level, it stays fresh and lively, with notable underlying structure. Hats off to the team here. This beauty will cruise for another decade." 95 Points
|Dimensions||11.5 × 3 × 3 in|