2018 Orin Swift 'Machete' Napa Valley


This rich red cuts right to the heart with crushed gravel and black plums. Bold upfront, bold throughout, the enveloping palate is laden with crunchy black fruit, black licorice and a touch of char. Ripe Petite Sirah tannins leave a sigh-inducing closing texture that’ll have you saying ‘thank you ma’am, may I have another’.

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.

Red Blend
Dave Phinney
11 months
Oak Treatment:
French Oak; 30% new
Napa Valley
Total Varietal Composition %:
Petite Sirah, Syrah, Grenache
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750 ml Bottle

Wine Advocate

This rich and expressive Red Wine features 12 different labels in the series. The challenge was developing a label that would match the boldness and complexity of the wine in the bottle.