Orin Swift cellars was started in 1995 by David Phinney. After working a harvest at Robert Mondaviand planting experimental blocks of Zinfandel in Arizona, in 1997 Phinneybegan developing his debut wine brand, The Prisoner, a blend of California Zinfandel, Cabernet and Petite Sirahthat rocketed to success shortly after it launched. Keen not to be shackled by its success, Phinneysold The Prisoner in 2008 to concentrate on his boutique brand, Orin Swift, named after his father’s middle name and mother’s maiden name.
This brand has gained cult status across the USA for not only its high quality wines, but also for the quirky labels and the stories behind them. The philosophy at Orin Swift is simple – find the best grapes they can, let them hang and ripen, and then express the profile of the fruit in the boldest, most expressive way possible. The result is wines that are unapologeticallyhigh in alcohol, wines where monstrous fruit concentration is to the fore and a small, considered use of old French barrels is only there to season and soften the wines.
Pure inky garnet in the glass, the aromatics of plum compote, wild blackberries, crushed gravel, peanut brittle and Tahitian vanilla emanate. Massive on the entry, the mid-palate is diverse with flavors of dark plums, black pepper, Amarena cherries, slow-roasted Moroccan lamb and a marbled leather texture. Rich, enveloping and vivacious, the wine finishes with perpetuating energy and length—not to mention the satisfying tannins that rouse a desire for more.
** Please note there are 12 different label designs for this wine, so the bottle(s) you receive will most likely have a different label than above **
Grape(s): Petit Sirah, Syrah, Grenache