Founder of Orin Swift Dave Phinney, a Napa wine legend was named Winemaker of the Year by Wine Enthusiast. Every wine in the portfolio from vineyard source to distinct artwork adorning the label, offers a unique point of view while creating a heart-skipping impression. Robert Parker admires his his wines for their considerable character and complexity. He’s as known for his innovative packaging as he is for wine quality and personality. He believes that wine should resemble a piece of great art, and his labels, inspired as much by street art as fine art, tell stories about the vineyard, the vintage, the winemaker.
Tasting Note: A gothic mauve with a vivid neon rim, the wine appears almost black in the glass. Notes of wet stone, black plum and crushed gravel reverberate from within. Bold upfront, the palate is all-enveloping with mixed berry crepe, black licorice and a touch of char. Layered and omnipotent in weight, the wine finishes with ripe Petite Sirah tannins, providing a pleasant closing texture.
全球最具影響力嘅葡萄酒評論家 Robert Parker曾經稱讚 Orin Swift 釀酒師 Dave Phinney：「放眼全球葡萄酒菁英，Dave係最具創造力嘅年輕釀酒師之一。年紀雖輕卻不失世故練達，持續不斷努力所展現嘅個性與才氣，令人讚賞不已。」
Dave Phinney 向來以大膽創新著稱，擅長把不同葡萄園同不同品種嘅葡萄混合釀造，總是掀起混釀酒新風潮。佢一向鍾意挑戰，打破藩籬，同時也擅長打造暢銷葡萄酒品牌。“Come with me to play and think outside the box” 這句話可以說係Dave Phinney嘅座右銘，因為佢總係想跳脫框架，打破傳統，大膽創新。
令Dave Phinney聲名遠播嘅葡萄酒，就係喺2000年推出嘅加州新潮混釀Zinfandel – The Prisoner，這款酒經常獲得 Wine Spectator嘅高度評價，同時亦係WS百大葡萄酒榜單上嘅常勝軍。2010年，Phinney將 The Prisoner賣咗畀 Quintessa嘅持有人Huneeus Vintners，據消息指出價格為四千萬美元。