2017 Orin Swift '8 years in the Desert' Label 1

$49.95

It’s long been official – Dave Phinney of Orin Swift is a phenomenon. Whether it’s the throngs of people we see jammed in the Orin Swift Saint Helena tasting room all summer long, or the constant stream of great press about his projects – not just in Napa, but around the world – this guy is on a serious roll. The fire that he sparked with The Prisoner shows no sign of abating.

In 2009, Phinney took a hiatus from making Zinfandel for contractual reasons, so as not to siphon away any business from the new owners of The Prisoner and Saldo, both Zin-centric wines. He spent 8 years away from the very varietal that made him famous and rich, and to mark his return, he created a Zinfandel-Petite blend from multiple fruit sources and packaged it in stunning, bespoke bottles. Today we offer you the second vintage of this Napa Valley powerhouse, a blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, and Syrah.

Dave describes a wine that is “Dark garnet with a lucid rim, the exhibiting aromas of briar fruit, ripe blackberry and dark plum with a tinge of minerality and charred meat. Brawny on the entry, it has an equally big mid-palate with complex flavors of ripe brambly fruit, a touch of earth and notes of espresso bean. Still massive through to the finish with soft drying tannins, the unique varietal characteristics of the blend clearly reveal themselves over time.”

It's long been official – Dave Phinney of Orin Swift is a phenomenon. Whether it's the throngs of people we see jammed in his Saint Helena tasting room all summer long, or the constant stream of great press about his projects – not just in Napa, but around the world – this guy is on a serious roll. The fire that he sparked with The Prisoner shows no sign of abating. Phinney's genius was simply to perfect and popularize something that already had deep roots in California wine: the "mixed blacks" wine of yore—sweet-fruited, dark as night, served in a whiskey tumbler. His wines are unapologetically ripe, hedonistic, and just plain delicious. Simple as that.

Varietal:
Red Blend
Winemaker:
Dave Phinney
Vintage:
2017
Aging:
8 months
Oak Treatment:
French Oak; 30% new
Appellation:
California
Total Varietal Composition %:
Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Syrah
Alcohol %:
15.5%
SKU #:
1WOSW17RB3EIGHTYEARSL1