2012 Shatter, Maury, Languedoc-Roussillon

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Press and Tasting Notes

Shatter is a delicious Grenache based joint venture between David Phinney of Orin Swift (known for the highly acclaimed The Prisoner) and Joel Gott of Joel Gott Wines. Like The Prisoner, which was a virtual unknown for its first few years, Shatter will soon be one of the most talked about and sought after wines. It boasts succulent dark fruits and ... Read More »

A Merchant's Pick


Featured June 04, 2012

THE REVIEW

If you like the rich, full bodied profile of The Prisoner, then you'll love Shatter!
    Shatter is a joint venture between two of California's most recognized producers: David Phinney of Orin Swift Cellars (known for The Prisoner) and Joel Gott of Joel Gott Wines. Together they have created an outstanding Grenache from the small town of Maury in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France. This terroir was hand selected for its extreme micro-climate.
    Shatter refers to the reduction of yields due to the extreme weather conditions of Maury where intensely cold nights literally "shatter" the grape clusters. This vine stress yields grapes that are profoundly concentrated, creating a wine that possesses great intensity. This may be an inaugural vintage, but these seasoned veterans have produced a substantial wine more reminiscent of Chateauneuf-du-Pape than their typical California reds.
    Like The Prisoner, which was a virtual unknown for its first few years, Shatter will soon be one of the most sought after wines. Without a doubt it will get massive press to match its massive flavor profile.
    Shatter boasts succulent dark fruits and ripe stewed cherries neatly framed by soft french oak. The wine has an amazingly pure entry which instantly coats the entire front of the mouth and leads into a rich mid-palate with great structure and acidity. Well-knit tannins round out a long finish that lasts nearly half a minute.
    Enjoy now and over the next 10 years with your grilled favorites.Read More »