Orin Swift 8 Years In The Desert Red 2018
Named for the number of years it took until Dave Phinney was allowed to make a wine with Zinfandel in it, 8 Years in the Desert is a fantastic come-back. He was required to take this hiatus as part of his non-compete when he sold his popular brand, "The Prisoner." Phinney pays homage to his "time in the desert" with this eight series release of 8 Years In The Desert.
Here Phinney has artfully blended Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Grenache. The wine opens with heady aromas of brambly raspberry, black fig and peppercorn. Dark chocolate, fennel and High Sierra forest floor follow. The palate is lush and opulent with blackberries, dark plums and currants. With visceral minerality, it has notes of fresh Herbs de Provence. Fully integrated with mouth-puckering tannins, the wine gracefully exits with exotic finesse. This wine will probably remind you of early Prisoner vintages...
FORBES REPORTS : "One thing is for certain, there are, three 'forces of nature' in California: El Niño. The San Andreas Fault. And David Phinney." June 25, 2018
Wine AdvocateComposed o Zinfandel with Syrah, Petite Sirah and Grenache, the 2018 Red Blend 8 Years in the Desert was aged for eight months in American oak barrels (37% new). Deep garnet-purple colored, it comes roaring out of the glass with notions of baked black cherries, raspberry preserves, blueberry tart and potpourri plus hints of garrigue, tobacco leaf and cinnamon stick. Full-bodied, the richly fruited palate has a pleasantly chewy texture and loads of savory layers coming through on the finish. 72,570 cases were made.
Wine SpectatorRipe and plump, offering bold flavors of huckleberry, licorice and smoked pepper that finish with succulent tannins. Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Grenache. Drink now through 2025. 72,570 cases made.