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Orin Swift Eight Years In The Desert 2019

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"It’s hard to believe that this fall will be my twenty first harvest in the Napa Valley. Some of those vintages I remember fondly, others I’d like to forget. What may be harder to believe is that this harvest also marks the twentieth year that Orin Swift has been in business. Twenty years. It makes me feel old. But I love it, maybe now more than ever.

As many of you know, the first commercial wine I made for Orin Swift was Zinfandel. But none of you have ever tried it. None of you have tried it because it was never bottled. I sold it on the bulk market. I would argue that Zinfandel may be the most difficult varietal to tame. But when you get it right it rewards you like no other. If winemaking is a series of challenges Zinfandel has them all in spades.

So, in 2009 I took a break from Zinfandel and its challenges. It would end up being an eight-year break. Eight years in the desert. It was never if but when would we make Zinfandel again. That when is now. Today is a big day. I am reunited with the varietal that got me started in the wine business and created Orin Swift.

This project is by far the most personal of any I have undertaken. There will be one more reveal when the wine is shipped this fall. A unique item will accompany the wine and will only be offered with this first release. Nothing has been spared on this project. The tank is empty; everything was left on the field. This is literally blood sweat and tears.

So, with no further ado, we proudly give you 8 Years in the Desert. A blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Syrah and small percentages of other red varietals."

Winemaker Tasting Notes
The 2019 8 Years in the Desert is a quintessential exemplar of drinkability, perceived sweetness and complexity. Evolving aromatics present themselves first with black and white pepper, then a ripe fruit core of brambly raspberry and sweet persimmon, finishing with savoury notes of allspice, clove and fig leaf. Boisterous yet elegant on entry, the wine shows its plush layers with distinctive strawberry preserves, blackberry and raspberry pie topped with fresh crème. Round, ripe tannins close the palate menacingly with well-integrated acidity and enduring energy.

ABV 16%
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Orin Swift features a portfolio of wines that appeal to a variety of senses. The brand is known as much for its creative and evocative expression of art on the front of the bottle as it is the bold, yet finessed styling within the bottle. These quirky labels helped propel Orin Swift to cult status in the U.S. and they are as important to the Orin Swift narrative as the wine inside the bottle.

The history of Orin Swift Cellars dates back to 1995 when on a lark, David Swift Phinney took a friend up on an offer and went to Florence, Italy to spend a semester “studying”. During that time, he was introduced to wine, how it was made, and got hooked. A few more years of university led to graduation and eventually a job at Robert Mondavi Winery in 1997 as a temporary harvest worker. Deciding that if he was going to work this hard, it would eventually have to be for himself, he founded Orin Swift Cellars in 1998; Orin is his father’s middle name and Swift is his mother’s maiden name. With two tons of zinfandel and not much else, he spent the next decade making wine for others as well as himself and grew the brand to what it is today.

“There’s a soul to this business.. that soul isn’t just from the people who make wine, it’s from everyone who loves wines that make them feel something.”—Dave Phinney
More Information
Grape type Syrah/Shiraz, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah
Country/Region USA/California
Critics Review Robert Parkers Wine Advocate - 93 Points
Medium garnet-purple colored, the 2019 Zinfandel Blend 8 Years in the Desert delivers notions of stewed plums, baked raspberries and fruitcake with hints of powdered cinnamon, clove oil, tree bark, hoisin and dusty soil. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is chock-full of ripe, spicy black and red fruits, supported by chewy tannins and tons of freshness, finishing long and earthy.
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