Orin Swift - Machete - Petite Sirah
Overview: 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.
Tasting Notes: Decadent aromas of blue and black fruits, charred meat, a hint of funk and troves of minerality. The entry is more dense than expected with notes of black plum, other stone fruit s and essence of game but yet tempered and balanced by candied orange peel and leveled acidity . Typical tannins for this Petit e Sirah-based wine, the wine closes with voluptuous texture and intensity.
Points: 92, Wine Spectator
Format/ABV: 750 ml/15.4%
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