Shatter Grenache 2011
Grenache from Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Extracted aromas of crushed cherry and spring rhubarb pie are delicately framed by seasoned French oak. The entry is vibrant and powerful, which leads to luscious flavors of wild strawberry that perfectly rounds out the mid-palate. Ripe blackberry and blueberry notes coalesce to form an intense lasting finish.
Tasting Panel - "Dark, deep and rich with ripe, dense blackberry, cassis and notes of chocolate; velvety, lush and balanced with fine structure."
Launched in April 2012, Shatter wine is a collaboration between Trinchero Family Estates and wine making legends Dave Phinney of Orin Swift Wines and Joel Gott of Joel Gott Wines.
The name Shatter is a nod to the extreme viticultural conditions in the Maury vineyards in the Roussillon region of France. The inaugural vintage of Shatter is a 2010 Grenache. The label, with its original broken glass photography, showcases the imaginative approach for which Orin Swift is well known, most notably the creation of the Prisoner brand.
Dave Phinney first became intrigued with the Maury region in 2008 and subsequently built a winery. Upon urging from his longtime friend, Joel Gott first visited Maury in 2010 and was amazed at the terroir of the often wind ravaged area. "Maury is known for sweet wines, but not for dry wines," commented Joel. "Like Dave, I saw an awesome opportunity to make dry Grenache unlike anything I know here in California." View all Shatter Wines
About Languedoc-Roussillon(LAHN-guh-dock) (ROO-see-yohn) France. The region stretches along the land above the Mediterranean, bordered by the Rhone river on the east and almost reaching Spain on the west. Only 10% of the wines from the area are AC, with the remaining wines often landing in the Vin de Pays or Vin de Table category. Wines in the Vin de Pays category are classified here as Vin de Pays d'Oc.
Notable Facts80% of the wines here are red. The grapes of the neighboring Rhone region are popular, with the focus on Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Cinsaut and to a lesser extent, Carignan. White grapes include Rousanne, Marsanne, Clairette and other white Rhone varieties. Parts of the region are also enjoying success with international varieties like Merlot, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. For many of these international style wines, you'll see the grape variety on the label – very un-French, but since they qualify as Vin de Pays d'Oc, it's allowed. Not so for the AC wines of the region, which are relegated to using most of the regional varieties and labeling their bottles by region. Appellations in the Languedoc include Corbières, Minervois, Costières de Nimes, Banyuls and the largest of them all, Coteaux de Languedoc. Corbières and Minervois are found on the western side of the region and produce sometimes very concentrated red wines. Costières de Nimes lies just southwest of the Rhone and produces wines of comparable character. Banyuls creates decadent fortified wines with Grenache and Coteaux de Langeudoc does triple duty, using international and regional grapes to produce white, red and rose wines that are often fantastic values.
RoussillonA region located between the Spanish border and Languedoc, Roussillon is often mentioned in conjunction with Languedoc, but is an entirely separate, albeit smaller, area. Producing white, red and rose wines, Roussillon is in the Catalonia region, which bleeds into Spain and France. The area has equal amount of Spanish influence as it does French. It is most well-known for Banyuls, a potent dessert wine made from concentrated old-vine Grenache. Vines are old and planted on steep, rocky, terraced hillsides overlooking the coast. The region is also making still wines, mostly from Grenache but with a good amount of Carignan as well.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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7 ratings, 7 with reviewsEvelyn Endersby - Logan, OH53/22/2015
really liked this vintage. Needs to breathe. delicious.flosseye - Harrisburg, PA112/12/2014Zero nose, very hollow. Average mouthfeel, but I taste nothing. Zero finish. What happened here? Not 91 points at all. I bought it based on the description. I disagree. Unfortunately I bought two at the same time. What am I going to do with the other bottle? Cooking? No, I'll bring it to a party where they don't appreciate good wine. The bottle is awesome. They'll love it!48/7/2014
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Love this wine. Bought 6 bottles. The alcohol is certainly there but the flavors are as well. Big and robust. A lot going on. I got it at a steal for 21.99 here.54/25/2014
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I got this all-in for $24/bottle including shipping and tax, and for the money, it was an outstanding value. We had this at a fancy restaurant and loved it, so I tried to buy some. It's a great Grenache, more earth and oak than most have, and not as tannic, which allowed a fruitier finish. Great value.windchase - Hood River, OR41/11/2014Very bold, good desert wine. Very deep flavor. Have purchased again.Ericinxenia - Rogers, AR29/25/2013
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Suffered through it. Not a $30 winePamBaugh - Melbourne, FL38/20/2013Needs a lot of airing. I don't expect to purchase this again.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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