Orin Swift 8 Years In The Desert Red 2018 - Station Plaza Wine
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Orin Swift 8 Years In The Desert Red 2018
SKU: 08461

Orin Swift 8 Years In The Desert Red 2018

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Category Red Blend
Region California
Brand Orin Swift
Alcohol/vol 15.6%

David Phinney, the creator of "The Prisoner," is back making Zinfandel under the label he created, Orin Swift Cellars! "8 Years in the Desert" is ripe, full, silky and unbelievably soft. The wonderfully smooth mouthfeel, and the bit of delightful tannin dancing across the palate is signature Orin Swift!

Dark garnet with a lucid rim, the wine exhibits aromas of briar fruit, ripe blackberry and dark plum with a tinge of minerality and charred meat. Brawny on the entry, it has an equally big mid-palate with complex flavors of ripe brambly fruit, a touch of earth and notes of espresso bean. Still massive through to the finish with soft drying tannins, the unique varietal characteristics of the blend clearly reveal themselves over time.

Station Plaza Wine
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Wine Advocate
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Composed o 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. 72,570 cases were made.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, April 30, 2020
Wine Spectator
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Ripe and plump, offering bold flavors of huckleberry, licorice and smoked pepper that finish with succulent tannins. Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Grenache. Drink now through 2025. 72,570 cases made.

Tim Fish, June 30, 2020