Orin Swift 'Eight Years in the Desert' 2018 - 750ml
92 Points Wine Advocate
Composed of Zinfandel with Syrah, Petite Sirah and Grenache, the 2018 Red Blend 8 Years in the Desert was aged for eight months in American oak barrels (37% new). Deep garnet-purple colored, it comes roaring out of the glass with notions of baked black cherries, raspberry preserves, blueberry tart and potpourri plus hints of garrigue, tobacco leaf and cinnamon stick. Full-bodied, the richly fruited palate has a pleasantly chewy texture and loads of savory layers coming through on the finish.
Orin Swift's Tasting Notes:
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.
When Orin Swift sold The Prisoner, a non-compete prevented him from making similar blends for eight full years, hence the name. This wine marks the triumphant return of Dave Phinney, the man who made popular the category of high-octane reds that push the limits of ripeness and exuberance. Phinney is known for a generation of brands including: The Prisoner, Papillon, and Orin Swift.
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