2014 Department 66 'Pharaon' Old Vine Grenache-Syrah

$179.95
JD99WA95

“Pharaon” is the name of a ship in The Count of Monte Cristo, one of Dave’s favorite books since childhood. He chose it as the name for this barrel selection from a patch of 80-100 year old, head-pruned Grenache and Syrah vines on his farm. It’s a blockbuster, packed with notes of superripe plums and blackberries, herby garrigue, and rosemary. “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.” – The Wine Advocate

Varietal:
Red Blend
Winemaker:
Dave Phinney
Vintage:
2014
Aging:
10 months
Oak Treatment:
French Oak; 75% new
Appellation:
Côtes Catalanes
Total Varietal Composition %:
80% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 5% Carignan
Alcohol %:
14.9%
SKU #:
1WD6614IR3PHARAON
WA95

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