Estate: Progressive, rebel winemaker Dave Phinney owns 300 acres [120 hectares] of vineyards in the Cotes Catalanes, a sub-appellation of the Roussillon in southern France. The vineyards are in the Pyrénées-Orientales mountain range, two hours east of Barcelona, Spain and thirty minutes from the ancient Roman port city of Perpignan. Falling in love with the area and vines, Phinney built a winery in 2009, followed by a home for him and his family. The inspiration for the brand name ‘Dept 66’ is derived from the administrative department that covers the southwest corner of France that the estate is in [Department 66].
Philosophy: “I am so lucky to have been introduced to this amazing area and so proud to share its wines with you.”
Tasting Notes: Deep coppery pink in colour with exuberant aromas of strawberry, raspberry, wild flowers, rain washed rocks and spice. Super fruity, with succulent strawberry, raspberry and peach. Pink pepper dusted cherry on the silky finish seamlessly melts away. More fruit and alcohol then your typical Rosé, not an everyday sipper for me, but definately a fun time and perfect with summer festivities.
“Grenache with small percentages of Syrah, and Carignan”
Vin de Pays Des Cotes Catalanes
Produced and Bottled by Dept. 66