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Orin Swift, Abstract 2019 (1x75cl)

Country: USA
Region: California
Grape Variety: Grenache | Petite Syrah | Syrah
Bottle Size: 75cl
ABV: 16.0%
Product Code: USCA1233B19S
Delivery: Not Available
Your price: £39.56

Awarded 88 points and Recommended status by Decanter ( in their October 2021 edition article South & North Innovation across the Americas (see blue link below for the review).

Orin Swift, Abstract 2019 - October 2021 Decanter review

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.

Abstract is the epitome of complexity through geographic diversification. The wine, like the label, is a collage of many different parts and pieces. Fruit is sourced from multiple vineyards, in multiple appellations, throughout the state to create a style but also to maintain consistency from year to year. The label is over 230 individual images collected over many years, assembled over a four-week period. The wine, like the label, starts with over 200 hundred pieces, whittled down over the course of a few months during multiple marathon tastings- not all of which made the blend. Resulting is a wine representative of the Golden State.The wine is a blend of Grenache, Petite Sirah and Syrah all aged for 8 months in a combination of new and seasoned French Oak.

Immediate aromatics escape the glass: blueberry, Mirabelle plum, ripe raspberry, Bing cherry and enchanting musk. On entry, the wine is seamless and enveloping with notes of Black plum, sweet cassis and blueberry compote on the mid-palate. Textured and long on the finish, the wine closes with a hint of dried lavender and dark chocolate.