2018 Orin Swift Abstract Grenache

A big, bold and powerful Grenache dominant blend, from vineyards across California.

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Sourced from the EJ Gallo stable of vineyards across California, this is the flagship wine from Dave Phinney. Definitively not a wallflower, this wine comes in with an unashamed high ABV that is full of power and precision.

Despite the heavy alcohol, this is a wine with a high drinkability factor, like all of the Orin Swift wines. Bold with dense fruit, this is brimming with personality; dark berries, strong coffee, and a smoky, spicy meatiness building structure alongside mid-weight tannins.

Textured and long, this wine is quite an individual offering, it’s full of character, not unlike its maker, Dave Phinney.

For many years, Abstract has followed its namesake by showing off an assemblage of Grenache, Petite Sirah and Syrah. Together, the wine stands on its own as a unique peek into Orin Swift; at the same time, each varietal brings its own characteristics providing a depth and complexity not possible on their own. When blended, they become much more than they ever could be.

Region: California, USA
Blend: Grenache, Syrah, Petit Syrah
ABV: 15.20%
Closure: 750ml
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94 Points - "Orin Swift's Dave Phinney must be like a kid in a sweet shop when given the keys to E&J Gallo's vast roster of vineyards and told to take whatever fruit he wants. Here he has plundered Grenache, Syrah and Petite Syrah for the flagship Abstract blend. It's a bold and assertive but brilliantly on-song - note-perfect in fact, with blackberry, red liquorice and earth combining to create a soulful, ethereal wine." - Chirs Wilson (Decanter Magazine)

92 Points - "Deep garnet-purple coloured, it offers up bombastic notions of crushed black cherries, warm plums and blueberry compote with hints of dried herbs, spice box and new leather. Full-bodied, the palate explodes with rich, ripe black and blue berry preserves and a velvety texture, finishing long and vibrant." - Lisa Perotti-Brown (Parker Wine Advocate)

91 Points - "A juicy, fruity red with lots of dried berries and walnuts, as well as hints of raisins. Full-bodied and very rich, yet not completely overdone. Leather and graphite." - JamesSuckling.com

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