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Orin Swift Grenache Petite Syrah Syrah Napa Valley Abstract 2011

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Fans of Orin Swift's Spectacular Line-up of wines made by the very talented proprietor Dave Phinney will once again be blown away by this hedonistic effort. The aromas are all berry and black fruits, with neatly integrated caramelized oak. A huge entry coats the mouth. The wine has tons of weight on the mid-palate and is dense with layers of ripe cherry and strawberries. The finish is laced with long soft tannins that go on and on. This wine must be tasted as it provides so much value in this modest price point.

Region: USA » California » Napa

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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

External Reviews for Orin Swift Grenache Petite Syrah Syrah Napa Valley Abstract

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/25/2014

A big, jammy wine. My friends and I were awestruck by the bold blackberry, blueberry, raspberry and strawberry flavors, and well-rounded tannins.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/25/2014

Complex, if a bit rustic and tannic, featuring lots of red berry, fresh-turned earth, sour berry and cranberry notes, ending with a touch of road tar. Will appeal to those who like to chew on their reds. Grenache, Petite Sirah and Syrah. Drink now through 2021.


External Review
Source: Vines Wine and Spirits
02/14/2013

Aromas of wild berry, floral scents, and caramelized oak are present immediately. Rich and layered, the wine has a commanding entry that leads to notes of blackberry, plum, mocha and spice.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/01/2013

Dark purple/black core that extends almost straight to the rim. Aromas of black cherry and cassis are supported by notes of dried herbs, clove, eucalyptus and a touch of forest floor on a rich, imposing bouquet. Made in Dave Phinneys typical full-bo... Alex Shaw. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2011 Orin Swift Abstract 750ml



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Fans of Orin Swift's Spectacular Line-up of wines made by the very talented proprietor Dave Phinney will once again be blown away by this hedonistic effort. The aromas are all berry and black fruits, with neatly integrated caramelized oak. A huge entry coats the mouth. The wine has tons of weight on the mid-palate and is dense with layers of ripe cherry and strawberries. The finish is laced with long soft tannins that go on and on. This wine must be tasted as it provides so much value in this modest price point.

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