92 Point Wine Advocate -
"A collaboration between Napa's Joel Gott and Dave Phinney, the semi-opaque 2012 Cotes Catalanes Grenache is a smoking blend of 100% Grenache that comes from the singular, black schist soils located around the village of M aury, in the Agly Valley in the Roussillon. Aged in French oak (a small part being new) and hitting 15.6% natural alcohol, this sexy, full-bodied, pedal-to-the-metal effort bears plenty of resemblance to the old-vine, 100% Grenache efforts coming from Ch ateauneuf du Pape. Kirsch liqueur, blackberry, toasted spice, garrigue and hints of vanilla bean all flow nicely to a seamless, silky, yet decadently styled red that has fine tannin, and a blockbuster, heady finish. It will certainly not appease those lo oking for lightweight aromas and flavors, but count me a fan. The oak is still present, so give it a year in bottle; it will drink nicely for another 5-6 years. "Aromas of toasted French oak and brioche mingle with fresh cut strawberry and candied cherri es. The entry of the wine is rich and mouth coating offering a mlange of kirsch and dark stone fruits. The mid-palate brims with layered blackberry and savory essence of ripe pomegranate lending into a soft and lingering finish with just a touch of brigh t acidity.\n
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.\nThe name Shatter is a nod to the extreme viticultural con ditions 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 not ably the creation of the Prisoner brand.\n
\nDave 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."