Grape: Grenache, Syrah
Tasting Notes: Plum, Vanilla, Black Fruit, Pepper
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.
Named for the ship Edmond becomes the captain of ever so briefly in The Count of Monte Cristo, the bottle's exterior bears the literal soil from which the grapes have come. It's big, rich, smooth, textured, and full bodied without being jammy. This beautiful 2014 Pharaon offers lots of crème de cassis, vanilla, black fruit, plum, black raspberry, chocolate and peppery nuances. There's an amazing delicate finish with tones of anise. Pair with Shepard's Pie.