2013 Orin Swift, Mannequin, California


Press and Tasting Notes

[HOT OFF THE PRESS -- 96 pts The Wine Advocate] "The 2013 Proprietary White Mannequin, which draws fruit from diverse regions of Northern California such as the Carneros Basin and the Sonoma Coast, is actually a blend of 76% Chardonnay, 8% Viognier, 6% Marsanne, 5% Grenache Blanc, 3% Muscat and 2% Roussanne. This is amazing wine, a gorgeo ... Read More »

A Merchant's Pick

Featured October 30, 2015


We featured this show stopper last week. Just hours ago, it received an outstanding 96 points. At $29, this white whale is a must have!
    Dubbed by Robert Parker as "the man with the Midas touch," winemaker David Finney of Orin Swift Cellars has delivered a stunning vintage of the Mannequin.
    You have most likely heard of David Finney as he is the brainchild behind the highly sought-after red, The Prisoner. Known for his blending skills, Finney's Mannequin is his premier white wine. It is an enticing core of Chardonnay BUT has five exotic Rhone varietals.
    This stunning fusion is 75% Chardonnay and the balance Viognier, Marsanne, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Muscat. The result? A rich, broad white with passion fruit character, zesty texture, and surprising finesse.
     Press or no press, we were pleasantly surprised at how nimbly Mannequin's juicy minerality framed notes of lemongrass and exotic spices with just a hint of roasted pineapple. Vanilla bean, pear, roasted fig, citrus and melon dance across the palate. We were expecting an oaky white, but it wasn't! Though there was abundant richness, that weight was more of an accent than a defining quality. The finish is delightful.
    We don't typically suggest a Chardonnay for Thanksgiving, but the Viognier and four remaining varietals give this Rhone-style blend just the right amount of passion fruit to pair with all the fixins on Thanksgiving Day. Oh, it would go great with sushi too....Read More »



The largest domestic wine growing region in the United States is by far California.  California wines took international recognition in the 1976 competition known as "The Judgement Of Paris."  In this famous blind tasting, California wines were pu ... Read More »

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