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+ (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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