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2018 Orin Swift "Eight Years in the Desert" California Red Blend

SKU #1437989 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Composed of Zinfandel with Syrah, Petite Sirah and Grenache, the 2018 Red Blend 8 Years in the Desert was aged for eight months in American oak barrels (37% new). Deep garnet-purple colored, it comes roaring out of the glass with notions of baked black cherries, raspberry preserves, blueberry tart and potpourri plus hints of garrigue, tobacco leaf and cinnamon stick. Full-bodied, the richly fruited palate has a pleasantly chewy texture and loads of savory layers coming through on the finish. (LPB) Inner quote mark (4/2020)

K&L Notes

An opaque core with a red amethyst rim, the wine opens with ripe raspberry and blackberry, dark plum preserves and hints of black pepper and clove. An entry of heft, the palate is packed with blueberry and sweet black cherry along with touch of fresh herbs—thyme, savory and tarragon. Long on the finish, the ripe tannins, a dash of ash, and notes of black tea round out the wine. Once upon a time David Phinney created one of the most iconic wines to ever come out of California: The Prisoner, the country's most famous Zinfandel blend. Gradually the wine grew from being a rare cult wine to one of the most commercially successful wines of all time. Not only did the Prisoner redefine a style of wine, the bottle and the packaging redefined wine as style. Ultimately, the project became so successful David sold the brand so that he could return to what he loved most, creating something new. Following his eight year hiatus, David has created and now released his first Zinfandel blend. The wine is a powerhouse blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, and Syrah. The success of the wine is based on sourcing fruit from amazing vineyards in California. He's back, and he's better than ever.


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