Winery: Progressive winemaker David Swift Phinney was “introduced to wine, how it was made, and got hooked” during time spent in Italy in 1995, upon his return to the States he took a job as a harvest worker at Robert Mondavi. It was there that he decided “that if he was going to work this hard, it would eventually have to be for himself”, and in 1998 Orin Swift Cellars was founded [Orin is his father’s middle name and Swift is his mother’s maiden name]. Today the company has grown into an international brand that includes 300 acres in southwest France along with projects in Spain, Italy, Corsica, Argentina and other locations. However, his mission still remains a small, “passionate team of friends and family dedicated to making great wine”. He is renowned for wines that “are unapologetically full-flavored and intense, yet with a backbone of structure that holds it all in place”.
Winemaking: Grapes are sourced from vineyards located throughout Northern California. Aged for 10 months in French oak, 40% new. 2014 had an “exceptional harvest” which resulted in a “wine with attitude” that was bottled with 12 different labels.
Tasting Notes: Inky violet in colour with aromas of berry jam, vanilla and a hint of oak. Rich and soave, with tarry earth and tree bark draped around a core of plush blueberry, raspberry and soft black cherry. Black tea tannins, dark chocolate and baking spices saturate the lengthy finish. An engaging alliance of muscular and satiny flavours and textures, making it nearly impossible to put the glass down.
Blend of Petite Sirah, Syrah, Grenache
Bottled by Orin Swift Cellars
Enjoy now thru 2019