Wine Advocate 93 & 94 points on the 2017 & 2016 vintages!
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. Wine Advocate scored the 2017 & 2016 vintages 93 & 94 points! We expect another big score on this new 2018 release.
Orin Swift 8 Years in the Desert is a bold California red wine blend made from Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Syrah, and Grenache. 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. Aged for 8 months in French and American Oak, 37% new. 15.6% Alc. by volume.
Enjoy Orin Swift 8 Years in the Desert with steak, roast pork, grilled chicken, BBQ ribs, grilled vegetables and aged cheeses.