Dave Phinney of Orin Swift is a phenomenon– this guy is on a serious roll. The fire that he sparked with The Prisoner shows no sign of abating, his wines are unapologetically ripe, hedonistic, and just plain delicious. Simple as that. The 2017 Orin Swift ‘Mannequin’ Chardonnay is in his rich, full-bodied style. Got a Rombauer, Frank Fam, or Cakebread fan in your life? Put this one in their glass and stand back for fireworks.
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.
Aged on the lees for eight months in 35% new French oak, the 2017 Chardonnay Mannequin opens with baked peaches, poached pears and brioche notes with hints of lemon curd, butterscotch and toasted almonds. Full-bodied, rich and decadently fruited with a pleasantly oily texture, it has seamless freshness and a very long, toasty finish.