2014 Orin Swift "Machete" Red Blend

SKU #1246303 94 points Wine Spectator

 Generous and expressive, big and brawny, offering a mouthful of tannins but also brimming with flavors and aromas, including Earl Grey tea, dark chocolate, dried violet and toasted gingerbread. Rich notes of plum and black cherry are balanced by forest floor and earthy accents, lingering on the long finish. Petite Sirah, Syrah and Grenache. Drink now through 2030.  (4/2016)

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Producer Note: (Petite Sirah, Syrah & Grenache) "A nearly opaque color sets in the glass with a hard, red complexion that is almost black. Aromas of ripe blueberries and candied plum mingle with toasted oak and charred vanilla. The entry is soft and inviting which paves the way for a lush mid-palate replete with layers of ripe boysenberry and cassis. The finish showcases ripe tannins and pronounced fruit which frames the two for nearly a minute. **Bottled with 12 Different Labels"

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By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/12/2016 | Send Email
Dave Phinney can’t miss. He is the winemaker equivalent of giving Gretzky an open net to shoot on, or leaving Steph Curry wide open at the 3-point line with nobody closing out on him. Automatic. First building a wine that launched a brand which became an empire with The Prisoner he has made bombastic, full throttle, bigger is better wines for well over a decade. Just get a load of some of the wines he’s created: Papillon, Abstract, Mannequin, Saldo, Palermo, The Cuttings and Machete, and those are just the brands he started under his own labels, he makes plenty of other well-known wines as a consultant. The Machete in 2014, hot off its previous vintages Top 100 Wine Spectator award, is based as always in Peite Syrah with portions of Syrah and Grenache. Bold, teeth staining and large-scoped this is pure Dave. With massive bass toned fruit aspects, sweet tinged oak toast and glycerin-like texture this is exactly what his followers have loved about his wines for years. You know who you are.

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