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Orin Swift Red Rhone Blend Sonoma County Abstract 2011

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Beautiful wine! Full bodied, fruity and memorable.

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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
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Member Reviews for Orin Swift Red Rhone Blend Sonoma County Abstract

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Snooth User: ceekaynj
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4.00 5
09/01/2013

Beautiful wine! Full bodied, fruity and memorable.


Snooth User: Nathan P
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2010 05/12/2013

Smoky, rich, oaky, plum. [From "Red Blends" at Bin 105, Lincoln NE, 21 July 2012.]


Snooth User: shannonpeter
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4.50 5
Vintage: 2009 10/12/2010

Abstract 2009- Beautiful even with a high alcohol content. Ripe plum and other dark fruit. After doing a wine dinner featuring all Dave Phinneys wines last year i am glad we have another one to play with. I think this is a drinker, dont lay it down too long. Nice juice. Good job Orin Swift..


Snooth User: JudiMcq
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0.00 5
Vintage: 2009 01/22/2011

Smooth, dark, velvety!


Snooth User: melanieelaj
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 04/03/2011

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Orin Swift Red Rhone Blend Sonoma County Abstract

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Source: eVintner Wines and Spirits
10/27/2012

Abstract is a blend of Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino Grenache, Petite Sirah, and Syrah primarily from hillside vineyards.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. The mid-palate is wholly generous with requisite acidity to complement the exotic mix of flavors. It finishes with a clean purpose that is focused and refined.Aged 10 months in American and French oak Orin Swift Website


External Review
12/13/2012

CaliforniaOrin Swift Abstract is a gorgeous new California red wine gem from a gifted and fast-rising winemaker, Dave Phinney. Owner of Orin Swift Cellars, Dave Phinney has come a long way since beginning his winemaking career with 2 tons of purchased Zinfandel grapes just a year out of college in 1998! Following big successes with wines such as Papillon and The Prisoner, Phinney launched the Abstract label with the 2009 vintage. Abstract came out of Dave's love of Grenache and a desire to make a blend using that varietal as the focal point. The wine has an inky concentration rounded out with Petite Sirah and Syrah. Phinney recently purchased 48 acres of land in the hills above Oakville and hopes one day to build a winery there. Orin Swift Abstract is a blend of Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino Grenache, Petite Sirah, and Syrah primarily from hillside vineyards. The aromas are laced with crushed black fruits and bing cherry. A mouth-coating entry leads nicely into a mid palate with excellent structure and balanced acidity. Ripe cherry and strawberry dominate the finish, which is clean and long. Aged 10 months in new and seasoned French oak. 15.7% alc.Enjoy Orin Swift Abstract with steak, roast pork, grilled chicken, BBQ ribs, grilled vegetables and aged cheeses.


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/03/2013

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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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2009 10/06/2010

The dark purple wine is opaque, staining the glass a dark pink hue. It offers aromas of dark chocolate, espresso, raspberry, graham cracker, rose petals and cinnamon. Notes of black pepper and blueberries emerge under the soft layer of earth and wet... Jeff Loo. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2009 Orin Swift Abstract 750ml


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Vintage: 2009 11/26/2010

Orin Swift 09 Abstract


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2009 10/22/2010

The dark purple wine is opaque, staining the glass a dark pink hue. It offers aromas of espresso, raspberry, graham cracker, rose petals and cinnamon. The palate is full-bodied and round with supporting acidity, and the massive tannins elongate the ... Jeff Loo. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2009 Orin Swift Abstract 750ml



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