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Orin Swift Chardonnay Blend Napa Valley Mannequin 2010

Member Review by donealrice:

A misleading strong, citrus-nose with flavors that roll thru a variety ending in a mellow finish. Overeager husband opened instead of a nice bold red with our minestrone (tomato heavy) meal and it worked remarkably well. Mfr tasting notes correct my citrus-y to be pineapple and say "Orin Swift's latest Project is a blend of Chard, Viognier, Semillon, Muscat, & Marsanne - Lush pear and pearch coat your palate mixing it up with some rich and sexy tropical pineapple fruit - this one is going to impress!!"

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Variety: Bordeaux Blend
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Orin Swift Cellars:
Orin Swift Cellars is the realization of a dream that began while studying abroad at the University of Florence in Florence, Italy. Like so many other college students I was at odds with what to do upon graduation. Fortunately for me, my roommate at the time was from an old wine family in the Sonoma valley and he had a great suggestion: "Why not get into the wine business? You seem to l... Read more
Orin Swift Cellars is the realization of a dream that began while studying abroad at the University of Florence in Florence, Italy. Like so many other college students I was at odds with what to do upon graduation. Fortunately for me, my roommate at the time was from an old wine family in the Sonoma valley and he had a great suggestion: "Why not get into the wine business? You seem to like wine." In truth, I did enjoy wine and even more, I enjoyed the idea of what I perceived to be an honorable and honest profession. Having just finished an internship for a congressman the previous semester, the latter was very important to me. When I returned to the States, I tried to immerse myself in all aspects of the wine business, which is no easy task being in the middle of the desert at the University of Arizona. As luck would have it, I found a professor in the agriculture department who was also interested in growing grapes and in the spring of 1997 the University planted a one-acre experimental block in the heart of Tucson, Arizona. Equally important was the experience I gained while working at one of Tucson's finest retail wine shops learning the hardest part of the wine business, selling the stuff. A few months later, I found myself with a degree in political science working my first harvest for the Robert Mondavi Winery. I cut my teeth as the low man and only white guy on an all-Mexican nightshift. I was hooked. The next year, I started Orin Swift Cellars with two tons of purchased Zinfandel grapes and as my wife likes to say, with one pair of shoes. Over the last few years we've continued to grow, adding Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc to the program, as well as streamlining the Zinfandel into what is now our flagship wine, "The Prisoner". In addition, we recently purchased forty-eight acres of raw land in the hills above Oakville and hope to someday build a winery there. Until then, we welcome you to visit us at our newly renovated offices and tasting room located in the heart of downtown St. Helena at the historic Odd Fellows Lodge. From all of us at Orin Swift Cellars, we thank you for your interest and hope you continue to enjoy the wines, which we proudly offer. Read less

Member Reviews for Orin Swift Chardonnay Blend Napa Valley Mannequin

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Snooth User: donealrice
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05/12/2012

A misleading strong, citrus-nose with flavors that roll thru a variety ending in a mellow finish. Overeager husband opened instead of a nice bold red with our minestrone (tomato heavy) meal and it worked remarkably well. Mfr tasting notes correct my citrus-y to be pineapple and say "Orin Swift's latest Project is a blend of Chard, Viognier, Semillon, Muscat, & Marsanne - Lush pear and pearch coat your palate mixing it up with some rich and sexy tropical pineapple fruit - this one is going to impress!!"


External Reviews for Orin Swift Chardonnay Blend Napa Valley Mannequin

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
04/10/2014

Beautiful shades of deep gold and amber fill the glass letting loose tropical aromas of ripe peach and pear married with subtle French oak. The entry of the wine is fully mouth-coating and offers a viscosity that leads effortlessly into an intense mid-palette with the colorful acidity of fresh pineapple. The finish of the wine is soft and subtle. A blend of Chardonnay, Viognier, Semillon, Muscat, and Marsanne. Aged in a union of 40% new French oak, 40% neutral oak, and 20% stainless steel for 14 months.


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
04/20/2012

A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2010 Orin Swift Mannequin 750ml


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Source: Vines Wine and Spirits
11/27/2012

Beautiful shades of deep gold and amber fill the glass letting loose tropical aromas of ripe peach and pear married with subtle French oak. The finish of the wine is soft and subtle with great length and volume.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
04/10/2014

Oh. Em. Gee. This wine is delicious! A blend of mostly Rhône varieties (Viognier, Marsanne, Roussanne) with splashes of Chardonnay and Sémillion, the Mannequin is big, smooth and vibrant. Aromas of lychee, apricot and pear follow through to the palate, where they combine with faint cinnamon and lemon notes. Excellent alternative for fans of white Burgundy, white Rhône or California Chardonnay. Definitely delicious with turkey or other roasted poultry or pork items, Dover sole, heavy gumbo or bisques.



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