Wine Advocate 92 points!
Orin Swift 8 Years in the Desert is a gorgeous California red wine gem from gifted winemaker, Dave Phinney. Owner of Orin Swift Cellars, Dave Phinney has come a long way since beginning his winemaking career with 2 tons of purchased Zinfandel grapes just a year out of college in 1998! Following big successes with wines such as Papillon, The Prisoner, and Abstract, Phinney returned to his first love, Zinfandel, with the release of 8 Years in the Desert.
Orin Swift 8 Years in the Desert is a bold California red wine blend. An opaque core with a red amethyst rim, the wine opens with ripe raspberry and blackberry, dark plum preserves and hints of black pepper and clove. An entry of heft, the palate is packed with blueberry and sweet black cherry along with touch of fresh herbs-thyme, savory and tarragon. Long on the finish, the ripe tannins, a dash of ash, and notes of black tea round out the wine. 15.6% Alc. by volume.
"Composed of Zinfandel with Syrah, Petite Sirah and Grenache, the 2018 Red Blend 8 Years in the Desert was aged for eight months in American oak barrels (37% new). Deep garnet-purple colored, it comes roaring out of the glass with notions of baked black cherries, raspberry preserves, blueberry tart and potpourri plus hints of garrigue, tobacco leaf and cinnamon stick. Full-bodied, the richly fruited palate has a pleasantly chewy texture and loads of savory layers coming through on the finish. 72,570 cases were made. Drink 2020-2028."-Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate, 92 points!
Enjoy Orin Swift 8 Years in the Desert with steak, roast pork, grilled chicken, BBQ ribs, grilled vegetables and aged cheeses.