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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  • Grenache

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • 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 Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Papillon 2008

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    '' GRACIEUX COMME UN PAPILLON... GRACEFUL AS A BUTTERFLY '' Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108


  • D66 Grenache 2010

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    Big, bold, lush and deserves a better description than I can give of the flavors. I loved; but, dry enough that the other members of my party and consensus at the tasting was easily 4.5-5 stars for everyone. Pays to breathe for even fuller, robust flavor. Promises to be a unanimous 5 stars 1 to 2 years from now. Read More

    Wine review by donealrice


  • Orin Swift Abstract Red 2010

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    Dense nose of purple fruits, boysenberry, blackberry and blueberry along with some straw and oak. Flavors of smoky black pepper with densely concentrated wild berry, spice and sage. Velvety on the palate, yet powerful. Plum, purple, blue and black fruits fill the mouth. Nice.4/14/12 Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Orin Swift Zinfandel California Saldo 2009

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    A delicious Zinfandel (rare that I adore a Zinfandel). Lush, dark fruits, pepper and spice. On the dry side but good balance and lovely from start to soft, lingering finish. Have some to cellar; post wine tasting had to break open a bottle with dinner and asiago cheese and gala apples both paired up nicely. From the nose (harsh, dark, rather... Read More

    Wine review by donealrice


  • Orin Swift Zinfandel California Saldo 2009

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    Dark nose, not very expressive. Peppery cassis and blackberry. On the palate, flavors of ripe strawberry and black fruits with nicely integrated oak. Mouth coating entry with nice structure and good acidity. Long finish with soft tannins and subtle oak sweetness. The tangy dark berry fruit is layered with pepper. Savory aftertaste.6/9/12 Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Orin Swift Red Blend Prisoner Napa Valley 2008

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    Suprisingly received 2 of these for Christmas from multiple people...which is good, so I can drink one now! Pours a rich violet color with deep red hues on the edges. Lots of dark berries, cassis and peppery spices on the nose. Starts off with a solid amount of dark berry jam. In the middle, lots of currants, spices, blackberry with some bis... Read More

    Wine review by steve16046


  • Orin Swift Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley Veladora Tofanelli Vineyard 2010

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    Well balanced, sauvignon blanc. Mfr tasting notes and info say "Rocks a base of Sauv Blanc and blends a bit of Muscat for style and elegance this wine pays homage to the heritage of their Latino farm workers and all proceeds go to a the "Open Doors" charity set up to support the folks working hard to help produce some of the most delicious wine... Read More

    Wine review by donealrice


  • Orin Swift Chardonnay Blend Napa Valley Mannequin 2010

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    A misleading strong, citrus-nose with flavors that roll thru a variety ending in a mellow finish. Overeager husband opened instead of a nice bold red with our minestrone (tomato heavy) meal and it worked remarkably well. Mfr tasting notes correct my citrus-y to be pineapple and say "Orin Swift's latest Project is a blend of Chard, Viognier, Sem... Read More

    Wine review by donealrice


  • Orin Swift D 66 Grenache France 2009

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    $37.99 Read More

    Wine review by smiles813


  • Abstract 2010

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    $27.99 Read More

    Wine review by smiles813


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