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2018 Orin Swift 8 Years in the Desert Zinfandel

2018 Orin Swift 8 Years in the Desert Zinfandel

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15.6%
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Napa Valley
2018
750ml
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$89.99
15.6%
Cork
Napa Valley
2018
750ml
  • THE BRIEF
  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • WHO MADE IT?
  • THE BRIEF
  • In only its third vintage since Dave Phinney was released from his restraint of trade period, not being allowed to make a competiting Zinfandel blend against his previously owned company Prinsoner Wines, the cheekily named Orin Swift 8 Years in the Desert has become one of the leading stars of the wineries lineup.

    Made from a blend of fruit from all over the Napa Valley, using mostly Zinfandel and Durif, the wine is a powerful, inky-purple, fruit-driven number that lives and breathes the Orin Swift mantra.

    With Phinney just recently being awarded the Wine Enthusiast Winemaker of the Year title for 2019, we expect the meagre stocks of this hard-to-find, cult wine to rush out the door quick smart.

    "The 2018 vintage marks the third release of our eight-year passion play known as Eight Years in the Desert. As we meander through the coming years and subsequent vintages, the wine, as well as the labels, will continue to evolve. If we do our jobs, the wine should only get better.

    Much like the wine, the labels are meant to be a complement to the spirt of the project and an example of the continued efforts of all those involved. As in the two previous vintages, the blend is made up of our favorite lots of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, and Syrah. We taste all of the wines double blind and, over a ten-month period, we slowly begin to assemble the final blend just before the next harvest begins. I am very proud of the 2018 vintage and hope you enjoy it now and for many years to come"
    Dave Phinney - Orin Swift

  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • "Working with Zinfandel requires use of the Goldilocks principle - pick it too early and you end up with a stemmy wine; pick it too late and you risk a stuck fermentation; pick it just right... well, what do you think? Zinfandel tends to have more acidity compared to other grapes at the same sugar levels, therefore making it necessary to let them ripen more than usual. As a result, alcohols are rarely seen below 15%—some of ours much higher. Sourced from vineyards of pedigree, such as Monte Rosso, Bismark, Korte and Frei Ranch, the wine exudes the ethos of 8 Years in the Desert: a heart and body of Zinfandel with nuance and complexity from Syrah, Petite Sirah and Grenache."
    Dave Phinney - Orin Swift Winemaker

    A blend of Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah & Grenache. Aged for 8 months in French and American Oak, 37% new.

    WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT?


    An opaque core with a red amethyst rim, the wine opens with ripe raspberry and blackberry, dark plum preserves and hints of black pepper and clove. An entry of heft, the palate is packed with blueberry and sweet black cherry along with touch of fresh herbs—thyme, savory and tarragon. Long on the finish, the ripe tannins, a dash of ash, and notes of black tea round out the wine.

  • WHO MADE IT?
  • 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, so in 1998 he founded Orin Swift Cellars; 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.