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Orin Swift Veladora Tofanelli Vineyard 2009

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Wine Tasting Notes Blended with a small amount of Semillon, this predominantly stainless steel fermented Sauvignon Blanc marries supple tropical fruit flavors and aromas with the delicate and balanced nuances of a traditional white Bordeaux creating a wine of weighty texture and elegant balance.

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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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Snooth User: Tyler Worth
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3.50 5
01/14/2011

92 points. The aroma of this wine can probably best be defined as wide open and expansive. It’s so deep and complex that putting my nose to the glass was like entering a vortex into another dimension. It’s spicy and intense with rich gooseberry and grass tones. It’s positively loaded with fig aromas and there is an excellent amount of limestone to add depth to the fruit. I pick up on flower petals, lemon juice, peach, and orange oil, which make it incredibly fresh. The palate opens with a delicate, ripe sweetness which gives way to exceptional minerality. There is then a faint spiciness, which leads to rich and intense ripe peaches, figs, and gooseberry. It has excellent, crisp acidity which is softened beautifully with notes of tropical fruit and flowers. The finish is fresh and yet almost oily, similar to that of a very well made dry Riesling. I’m extremely impressed by this wine’s refinement and balance, and it is quite possibly the best Sauvignon Blanc I have found from California. An absolute pleasure for this, or just about any other price, a definitely a wine worth buying. Source: What's Worth Drinking: Post #30: Orin Swift Tasting Part 2 ( http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2010/06/18/post-30-orin-swift-tasting-part-2/ )


Snooth User: helmstreet
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4.00 5
08/03/2011

Crisp, clean, and flavorful.



Wine Tasting Notes Blended with a small amount of Semillon, this predominantly stainless steel fermented Sauvignon Blanc marries supple tropical fruit flavors and aromas with the delicate and balanced nuances of a traditional white Bordeaux creating a wine of weighty texture and elegant balance.

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