Orin Swift 8 Years in Desert 2016 - The Grape Tray
Orin Swift 8 Years in Desert 2016
SKU: 268

Orin Swift 8 Years in Desert 2016

  • wa94+
  • ws90


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Category Red Wine
Region California, Napa Valley, St Helena
Brand Orin Swift
Alcohol/vol 15.7%

Winemaker’s Notes:

Dark garnet with a lucid rim, the wine exhibits aromas of briar fruit, ripe blackberry and dark plum with a tinge of minerality and charred meat. Brawny on the entry, it has an equally big mid-palate with complex flavors of ripe brambly fruit, a touch of earth and notes of espresso bean. Still massive through to the finish with soft drying tannins, the unique varietal characteristics of the blend clearly reveal themselves over time.

AVAs: 87% Dry Creek Valley, 13% Red Hills Lake County

Blend: 56% Zinfandel, 34% Petite Sirah, 10% Syrah

Wine Advocate
  • wa94+

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Zinfandel Blend Eight Years (a blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Syrah) comes bounding out of the glass with notes of raspberry pie, blackberry preserves and fruitcake with touches of hoisin and Chinese five spice plus and waft of underbrush. Full-bodied, rich and spicy in the mouth, it packs in the black fruit preserves, framed by chewy tannins and finishing on a savory note. 2,600 cases were made.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, March 29, 2018
Wine Spectator
  • ws90

A bruiser of a blend, combining gutsy blackberry and licorice flavors, with accents of sandalwood, smoky anise and cracked pepper. Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Syrah. Drink now through 2023. 2,600 cases made.

Tim Fish, June 30, 2018