2019 Orin Swift 8 Years in the Desert Zinfandel

California, USA

A powerhouse Zinfandel dominant blend from California, that defines the wines of Orin Swift.


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About This Wine

The growth of Orin Swift can be traced back to Zinfandel. From the first wines made under this label in 2007, this is the variety that has been the raison d’etre of this brand and owner/winemaker, Dave Phinney.

An evolution on the nose first with pepper, then a ripe fruit core of brambly berries and sweet fruit spice, finishing with more savoury spices. Voluptuous yet elegant in the mouth, the wine shows its layers of plushness with berry jam and pie. Round, ripe tannins close the palate mouth-coating in harmony with well-integrated acidity.

There is an energy to this wine, telling the story of the Orin Swift evolution throughout the years.

About Orin Swift

Orin Swift was founded in 1998, by renegade Dave Phinney, who left a budding career as lawyer to start his own wine label, named after his parents – combining his father’s middle name, Orin and mother’s maiden name, Swift.

He sources fruit from around the key viticultural regions of California, with a focus on Rhone and Bordeaux blends in reds and Chardonnay, of course, for whites. A Californian cult winemaker par excellence.

Hailed by Wine Spectator Magazine as 'one of the most influential and innovative winemakers in California’, his powerful, individual wines are matched by the individuality of this labels, each of which are works of art in themselves.

Dave Phinney in the vineyard
Dave Phinney in the vineyard
Additional Info

From The Producer

Bright violet in the glass, the 8 Years in the Desert is the epitome of our style, the reason we are even here in the first place. As it’s being poured, the aromatics hit squarely on the nose with a perception of sweetness. Yet, the perceived sweetness on the nose is just that, perceived, and doesn’t carry through to the palate. Lush and enveloping with a beam of acidity, notes of blackberry pie, plum and kirsch flourish. Ultra-round tannins and lingering raspberry, the wine finishes in slow-motion.

Blend : Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Syrah
ABV : 16.1%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2036
Bottle Size : 750ml

Dave Phinney
Dave Phinney
Napa Valley, California

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