Grape: 80%Grenache, 15% Syrah, 5% Carignan
Tasting Notes: Red Cherry, Blueberry, Cassis, Exotic Spices
The history of Orin Swift Cellars dates back to 1995 when on a lark, David Swift Phinney took a friend up on an offer and went to Florence, Italy to spend a semester “studying”. During that time, he was introduced to wine, how it was made, and got hooked. He founded Orin Swift Cellars in 1998; Orin is his father’s middle name and Swift is his mother’s maiden name.
Dave bought a vineyard in Maury in 2008 and built a winery the next year. He now farms more than 300 acres of vineyards in the region’s black schist, most of the vines over 60 years old. The 2014 reflects where it was grown. It's round, full bodied and has vibrant acidity, a rich texture and integrated tannins with distinctive mineral notes of schist. The palate bursts with exuberant blueberry, cassis, blackberries, violets, red cherry, black plum, vanilla, oak, and cardamom. The finish is lengthy with lovely richness. Pair with nicely grilled steak or lamb.