2018 Orin Swift, "Eight Years In The Desert"

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2018 Orin Swift, "Eight Years In The Desert"

2nd Limited Release • Certain Sell Out!
If you like The Prisoner, you'll love Eight Years In The Desert!

David Phinney, the creator of "The Prisoner," is back with his Second Limited Release Zinfandel blend under the label he created, Orin Swift Cellars!

8 Years: That's how long a hiatus Phinney took (well, was required to take) from making Zinfandel as part of his non-compete when he sold his popular brand, "The Prisoner."

Free to produce a Zinfandel under the Orin Swift Cellars label, Phinney pays homage to his "time in the desert" with a Second Limited Release of this stunning Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Syrah blend.

Does this blend sound familiar? If you like The Prisoner, you'll love the 2018 Eight Years In The Desert!

Phinney Is A Blending Virtuoso.

Heady aromas of brambly raspberry, black fig and peppercorn. Dark chocolate, fennel and High Sierra forest floor. The palate is lush and opulent with blackberries, dark plums and currants. With visceral minerality, it has notes of fresh Herbs de Provence. Fully integrated with mouth-puckering tannins, the wine gracefully exits with exotic finesse. This wine reminds us of early vintages of The Prisoner.

There are "three forces of nature in California:

El Niño. The San Andreas Fault. And David Phinney."

Forbes, June 25, 2018

Make sure you are a part of history!

Like last year's 1st release, we expect this wine to sell out long before it arrives in a few weeks.

This is a pre-sale, arriving October 2019.

Reserve yours today!

$48.95 per bottle / $587.40 per case



96 / 100

The 2018 Orin Swift 8 Years In The Desert is a limited, 2nd Release.  The wine name represents the eight-year hiatus that David Phinney stopped producing Zinfandel, the grape that catapulted him into fame twenty years ago.  With a Zinfandel blend under the Orin Swift label, Eight Years In The Desert may be his best effort yet.  "

Product Details

Producer: Orin Swift

Country: United States

Region: California

Sub Region: Others

Varietal: Zinfandel Blend

Vintage: 2018

Size: 750ml

Code: W6688-1