Orin Swift Zinfandel California Saldo 2007

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Tintiges Purpur mit schwarzer Mitte. Reife Amarenakirschen, Korinthen und feine Lebkuchensüsse in der sortentypischen Nase, auch Haselnussschokolade und Rotweinfeigen, einzigartige Fruchtintensität. Fülliger Gaumen mit desserthafter Extraktsüsse und perfe

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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 Zinfandel California Saldo

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Snooth User: lingprof
1556071,108
3.50 5
12/31/2009

sweeter than I expected, with caramel and strawberry in the mid-palate, almost a little syrupy. wonderful finish. had it with fig/anise bread, which it matched nicely. definitely better with decanting.


Snooth User: jkagel
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4.00 5
08/29/2009

Chocolate on the nose with a a slight hint of damp vegetation. light fruit on the front with chocolate coming through on the mid palette and finish with some woodiness and tobacco. Crisp acidity towards the end helps to provide overall balance.


Snooth User: rjrausch
170543139
3.50 5
05/14/2009

Really good nose, cherry and bright fruit fills the room as it sits. Good fruit on the palate with cherry, rasberry and licorice at the end, long finish. Great wine from a favorite of mine Dave Phinney but similar zins available for cheaper.


Snooth User: winenewbie85
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4.00 5
12/13/2009

Really enjoyed this wine. I have yet to dislike a wine from Orin Swift yet. A little pricey but would buy again.


Snooth User: nikkirn04
18848547
4.00 5
08/03/2009

Four glasses


External Reviews for Orin Swift Zinfandel California Saldo

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Well-built, yet rich and stylish, with spicy blackberry aromas and zesty, layered flavors of black cherry and licorice framed by toasty oak. Offers a long, satisfying finish. Drink now through 2015.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

This recalls those great old California field blends, but with more polish and structure. Aromas of smoky boysenberry and cracked pepper lead to layered, zesty flavors of plum, tobacco and anise. Drink now through 2013.



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