Orin Swift Cellars

(707) 967-9179 PO Box 475
Rutherford, CA 94573
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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 Read more »

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  • Vermentino

    History of the grape: Little concrete history is known about Vermentino except that it has recently been identified a...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Grenache

    You’re a member of the ‘Rhône Ranger’ band. Your groupies think you’re ‘hot’, even when you're boozy and "strung out"...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

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  • Orin Swift Cabernet Sauvignon Merc Head


    No written review

    Wine review by smathias0220

  • Locations F 1 French Red Blend 2011


    Opened up like the good French Bordeaux's do and the solid grapes that were put into it. Plenty of flavors on the front, but the finish lacked anything ,or better put, nothing at all. Just felt like it could have been a great wine that didn't follow through. Not bad for the price point and the label will have your guests asking questions; always... Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108

  • Orin Swift Saldo Premier 2009


    11/27/2012 - TSBWINE WROTE: 90 Points89-91 points. You really have to take this wine for what it is. It's not a dramatic wine or one that even exhibits exceptional structure/balance. In fact, it's somewhat angular with the acid/tannin profile being rather unrefined. However, it's still a tasty wine with some real high points and desirable charac... Read More

    Wine review by kevsipe

  • Prisoner Orin Swift Napa 2009


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    Wine review by ElChamucoBlanco

  • Orin Swift Cellars "Abstract" Rhone Blend 2010


    Fairly typical Napa - Sonoma - North Coast Rhone Ranger with a deep, Kirsch-like colour and pruney nose with some fairly prominent beet and celery notes. On entry, there is some grip - though less than expected - with a less-than-inviting raw almond acerbity on the finish. Some cherry and a fairly balanced finish (except the almond bit). May ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Orin Swift Papillion 2009


    This is a great bottle. Big, Bold and Fantastic. Read More

    Wine review by rar8888

  • Orin Swift Prisoner Black Muscat United States California Napa Valley 2010


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    Wine review by Eleane Beadle

  • Prisoner Orin Swift Napa 2009


    This is a great wine for the money... One that I will buy again! Read More

    Wine review by nmtwo

  • Orin Swift Zinfandel California Saldo 2010


    Another blockbuster from Dave Phinney of Orin Swift...delicious. Read More

    Wine review by smullen27

  • Prisoner Orin Swift Napa 2009


    No written review

    Wine review by alanb1108

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