2016 Orin Swift "8 Years in the Desert" Red Blend *First Edition / Limited Edition* (8 x 750ml Bottle Gift Pack)

SKU #1352779 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 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. 94+ points. (LPB)  (3/2018)

K&L Notes

8 Years in the Desert is a blend of: 56% Zinfandel, 34% Petite Sirah, 10% Syrah. The Story: Dave has included a personal note for everyone selling the wine on the attached and as to what this release means to him after 8 Years of having not worked with Zinfandel which in context is the varietal that helped cement his career in the industry. Unlike other varietals Dave had to draw on an 8 Year memory of making Zinfandel and knowing that there would be a certain level of expectation of quality from both a wine and packaging elements. During the 8 Year hiatus, there has been a focus and thought regarding the wine and label every single day up until the actual harvest and design could begin which multiplied the effort by a factor of 20. The Label Concept: There were dozens of concepts that were tried but ultimately hit the cutting room floor and were abandoned. All of that effort as well as trial and error lead to the evolution of the final packages you see in the attached imagery. Dave attempted to work on a mixed media label concept that you can see represented on the attached and there are 8 unique labels centered around the Joshua tree imagery. The Label Handwork: There are 8 women who are trained and have mastered the final look and feel of their assigned label in the set of 8. It is through their handwork that the final label either meets the exact specification required.

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Varietal:

Other Red Wines

Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.
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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
Alcohol Content (%): 15.7