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Orin Swift Prisoner Black Muscat United States California Napa Valley 2010

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2010 vintage white Wine by Chateau de Beaucastel from Rhone, France

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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

Editorial Reviews for Orin Swift Prisoner Black Muscat United States California Napa Valley

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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0.00 5
02/12/2013

Sweet and dusty on the nose, this shows aromas of tight red fruits flecked with mineral and allspice notes. On entry the texture is quite silky with black cherry fruit that is threaded with a contrasting medicinal edge. There is lovely purity and aromatic fruit, violet and sweet spice notes that are wrapped up in a restrained, slightly chewy package. The finish is long and pure, exhibiting excellent tension and focus in the mouth and right through the end. A bit reticent today but really very fine. 94pts


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Snooth User: smiles813
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0.00 5
04/12/2012

$35.99


Snooth User: Sandy R
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4.00 5
04/19/2013

Yummy! Smoother, don't get hit with peppery taste. More fruity than spicy.


Snooth User: sevalley
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5.00 5
02/20/2012

I only recently got more into drinking and rating wine, and this is the bottle that got me into it. It blew my mind. The deep complex blend of reds was the most amazing wine I have every tasted.


Snooth User: drunkbunny
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4.50 5
11/20/2011

Delicious, complex, deep, and cavernous. Like bunny's favorite hiding places.


Snooth User: vinchien
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0.50 5
02/20/2012

Had this on Febriary 18 and had to refuse it, even after decanting. The 2010 vintage is nowhere close to the quality of earlier vintages like '05 and '08. No real mouth feel on the start and absolutely no tannin on the finish. Exceptionally disappointing for what has been a solid zin/cab blend in recent years.


Snooth User: rebeccawow
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5.00 5
01/23/2013

Five glasses


External Reviews for Orin Swift Prisoner Black Muscat United States California Napa Valley

External Review
Source: Luxurious Drinks
06/10/2014

Beaucastel Hommage Jac Perrin 2010 - France - Region: Rhone - Apellation: Chateauneuf-du-Pape - Grenache blend - 750 ml


External Review
11/15/2011

Dark red, almost garnet hue with bright red on the rim. Ripe cherry and cedar on the nose with hints of dried rose petal and sweet oak. Lovely entry that leads into a fat and savory mid palate. Ripe fig and black currant dominate the finish with a breadth of soft, well integrated tannins. - Dave Phinney, Winemaker44% Zinfandel26% Cabernet Sauvignon18% Syrah 9% Petite Sirah 2% Charbono 1% Grenache*these numbers are approximate - Winery


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
02/24/2014

Marc Perrin, of the family that has owned Beaucastel since 1909, says cool nights in August were key to quality in 2010, helping to preserve acidity in the grapes. The blend is a mix of approximately 30 percent Grenache, 30 percent Mourvèdre, 10 percent Syrah and 10 percent Counoise with small amounts of the remaining nine permitted varieties. Grapes are destemmed, flash-heated, then macerated in vats for two weeks. Fermentation takes place in a mix of cement and steel tanks. 7,500 cases made.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

Vivid ruby. High-pitched aromas of red fruits rose lavender and Asian spices. Juicy and focused on entry then deeper and broader across the mid-palate displaying intense black raspberry and cherry compote flavors. Shows impressive energy on the spicy finish which features a sexy floral quality. Stephen Tanzers IWC.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/19/2013

Pale, green-tinged yellow. Fresh, assertively perfumed aromas of orange, pear and minerals, with a sexy floral quality adding complexity. Bright and focused yet silky on the palate, offering sappy citrus and orchard fruit flavors. Closes bright an... Stephen Tanzers IWC. A Proprietary Blend wine from Rhone in France. 2010 Chateau Beaucastel Coudoulet de Beaucastel Cotes du Rhone Blanc 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

Pale green-tinged yellow. Fresh assertively perfumed aromas of orange pear and minerals with a sexy floral quality adding complexity. Bright and focused yet silky on the palate offering sappy citrus and orchard fruit flavors. Closes bright and nervy with very good persistence to the orange zest and jasmine nuances. Stephen Tanzers IWC.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/19/2012

A superb vintage for this cuvee, the 2010 Château de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet de Beaucastel Blanc is a blend of 30% Viognier, 30% Marsanne, 30% Bourboulenc, and 10% Clairette that's aged 80% in stainless steel tank, and 20% in small barrel... Rhone Report, The. A Proprietary Blend wine from Rhone in France. 2010 Chateau Beaucastel Coudoulet de Beaucastel Cotes du Rhone Blanc 750ml


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