The history of Orin Swift Cellars dates back to 1995 when on a lark, David Swift Phinney took a friend up on an offer and went to Florence, Italy to spend a semester “studying”. During that time, he was introduced to wine, how it was made, and got hooked. A few more years of university led to graduation and eventually a job at Robert Mondavi Winery in 1997 as a temporary harvest worker. Deciding that if he was going to work this hard, it would eventually have to be for himself, he founded Orin Swift Cellars in 1998; Orin is his father’s middle name and Swift is his mother’s maiden name. With two tons of zinfandel and not much else, he spent the next decade making wine for others as well as himself and grew the brand to what it is today.
Tasting Note: A dark crimson with a blue band, the nose presents immediate aromas of boysenberry, currants, graphite, cedar, fir ash 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.
Aged for 12 months in French Oak, 39% new
Country: Napa, USA
The world's most influential wine critic Robert Parker once praised Orin Swift winemaker Dave Phinney: "Looking at the global wine elite, Dave is one of the most creative young winemakers . The personality and talent you show through continuous hard work is admirable .” Dave Phinney has always been
known for his boldness and innovation. He is good at blending different vineyards and different varieties of grapes, always setting off a new trend in blending wine. Qu has always liked challenges, breaking down barriers, and is also good at building best-selling wine brands. "Come with me to play and think outside the box" can be said to be Dave Phinney's motto, because Qu always wants to get out of the frame, break with tradition, and be bold and innovative.
The wine that has made Dave Phinney famous is Zinfandel – The Prisoner, a trendy California blend that was launched in 2000, often highly rated by Wine Spectator and a regular on the WS Top 100 list. In 2010, Phinney sold The Prisoner to Quintessa owner Huneeus Vintners for a reported price of $40 million.
Later, Dave turned to the Collection series of wines and the Location brand series of wines with the abbreviation of the country name as the wine label. It does not emphasize the age, does not adhere to the terroir, does not limit the variety, and only pursues excellent quality. The best blend ratio of different grape varieties from different producing areas is adopted to produce the most outstanding high-quality wines and lead a new trend.
Orin Swift's label and name are bold and memorable, like no other in the world. One of the bold and provocative Machete red wines has been included in the Wine Spectator top 100 wines for three consecutive years. Whether it is the rarity of the grape variety or the uniqueness of the wine label, it is an amazing wine great wine.