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Staying humble and letting the grapes do the talking is how we get better at winemaking every vintage. Pinot Noir requires even more humility, especially in the vineyards—when the grapes are ready, they’re ready. Requiring a gentler approach with punchdowns rather than pumpovers, Pinot Noir expresses itself when it is least manipulated. Sourced primarily from the Sta. Rita Hills AVA on the Central Coast, along with prominent vineyards across the state, such as the Annapolis Ridge Vineyard on the Sonoma Coast and the Del Rio Vineyard in the Russian River Valley, Slander is a union of California Pinot Noir made with the Orin Swift signature style. Tasting Notes: Emerging from the bottle with a glowing cardinal hue, it opens with a mouthwatering nose of bright strawberry and Rainier cherry with shades of milk chocolate, passion fruit and pink guava. The palate is refined, incredibly balanced and energetic throughout with ripples of acidity; notes of cranberry, sweet cherry pie, sour plum, black mission fig, graham cracker and chocolate covered almond. The wine closes with a mediating acidity and an almost unnoticeable dash of oak tannin.

A Bordeaux-style red wine from the Napa Valley—comprised of all five varietals—is hard to find. That’s because it’s hard to make.  We’ve been lucky to source quality fruit from long-time growers on both the valley floor and surrounding hillsides; and while finding Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec can be difficult, this wine is proof that it’s worth it. Papillion captures the Orin Swift style—accessible, massive, and memorable—and results with a bottle that always seems empty too soon. Tasting Notes: Powerful aromatics escape the glass with rich notes of ripe black currant, peppercorn, blackberry, and a touch of chaparral supported by a frame of sweet oak. Intensely layered and decadent palate on entry, the wine exudes characteristics of black plum, boysenberry, kirsch, and dark chocolate, with a silky-soft yet weighty texture. A prolonged finish of Provençal lavender, fig leaf, and ripe currants close out the wine.
Orin Swift Cellars Palermo Cabernet Sauvignon V18 750ML

Blackberry, Bing Cherry, Boysenberry, Vanilla
Dark crimson with a blue band in color, the nose presents immediate aromas of boysenberry, currants, graphite, cedar, fir and vanilla. Seamless on the entry with resounding energy, the mid - palate features lush blackberry and Bing cherry as well as a hint of sweet red licorice. Long, complex tannins punctuate the finish with an elegant and tapering note of black tea.
Orin Swift Cellars Mercury Head Cabernet Sauvignon V18 750ML

Cassis, Blackberry, Blueberry
As our flagship wine, Mercury Head encompasses our winemaking philosophy and overall ethos. Wines that speak to location but over-deliver on quality; bottles that are more art than function; thought-provoking, intellectual and tied to the large world outside of wine. Mercury Head does all that as a quintessential Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from premier vineyards in the best growing microclimates. Stagecoach Vineyard on Atlas Peak and Morisoli Vineyard in Rutherford represent the majority of the blend with small amounts from similar sites as well as a fraction from the Monte Rosso Vineyard in Sonoma. Dark violet with a ruby crown, the wine exhibits classic Napa Cabernet aromatics with our style: black fruits—plum and cherry—dark chocolate, leather and Rutherford Dust coalesce from the glass. The entry is elegant and begins to flood the palate with notes of cassis, blackberry, blueberry, caramel and a touch of brown sugar and cinnamon: rich and bold. Seamless and focused, the wine closes with lingering dusty tannins and a touch of baking chocolate.

The Queen of Grapes – Chardonnay – is the most widely planted grape in California. In Mannequin we’ve made the most of California’s diverse wine regions—from the cool Sonoma Coast to the Russian River Valley, the mountains of Atlas Peak down to the Santa Lucia Highlands—with all the fruit from AVA-designated vineyards. Tasting Notes: Pale gold in the glass, opulent aromatics of Meyer lemon, vanilla crème, and sweet oak are complemented by subtle notes of jasmine, gardenias, and caramel. The layered palate is replete with ripe stone fruit, melon, lemon curd, and hints of roasted almond, grapefruit pith and white pepper. The finish is long and rich with a tapering young coconut.

An abstract is a summary of something larger – easy to comprehend, but not without crucial details. Abstract is just that – an easy to swallow encapsulation of what we do here at Orin Swift. All the details are here – grapes from quality vineyards across California, wrapped in a piece of art by founder Dave Phinney. Often a starting point, sometimes a reminder, Abstract is archetypal of what Orin Swift puts in – and on – our bottles. Tasting Notes: Aromatics with gravity, the wine pulls you in with notes of blueberry, black fig, bloodied strawberry, and hints of musk and rhubarb. Bold on the entry, the palate exudes rich notes of dark plum and raspberry with a slight chalky texture. The wine transitions effortlessly to a finish of black cherry, sweet licorice and some quick-drying tannins.

Working with Zinfandel requires using the Goldilocks Principle: Pick it too early and you end up with a stemmy wine. Pick it too late and you risk a stuck fermentation. Pick it just right... well, what do you think? 2019 marks the third release of our eight-part passion play known as 8 Years in the Desert. As we meander through the coming years and remaining vintages, the wine, as well as the labels on the bottle, will continue to evolve. If we do our jobs right, the wine should only get better.  The labels have a bit more of a pre-ordained nature — they’re all born from the original eight featured in the limited edition. Each vintage will revisit the original labels in sequential order. Some of you know them all, some of you only know label #1. Some will like what comes next, some will hate it. But suffice to say they are all cut from a similar cloth.  As with the previous four vintages, our 2019 blend combines the heart and body of Zinfandel with the nuance and complexity of Syrah, Petite Sirah, and Grenache. Sourced from quality vineyards like Monte Rosso, Bismark, Korte, and Frei Ranch, 8 Years in the Desert uses only our favorite lots of each grape. Double-blind tasted and aged over a ten-month period, we are very proud of our 2019 vintage and hope you enjoy it now and for many years to come. Tasting Notes: Evolving aromatics present themselves first with black and white pepper, then a ripe fruit core of brambly raspberry and sweet persimmon, finishing with savory notes of allspice, clove and fig leaf. Boisterous yet elegant on entry, the wine shows its plush layers with distinctive strawberry preserves, blackberry and raspberry pie topped with fresh crème. Round, ripe tannins close the palate menacingly, leaving one with a desperate thirst for more.
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A familiar nose of pedigree, the wine opens with aromatics of ripe raspberry, blackcurrant, cigar box and a hint of fresh sandalwood shavings and Herbs de Provence – mysteriously intriguing at first but evolving into a thoroughbred with time and air. Dense and layered on the palate, an immediate note of mixed berry strudel topped with fresh cream, fresh black raspberry and soft tannins akin to baking chocolate, transition to a finish of both nuance and concentation. Still young, the wine will continue to evolve gracefully while retaining its luscious quality and classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon nature.
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