Orin Swift Cellars

8 Years in the Desert Zinfandel Blend

9.2160 ratings
9.110 pro ratings
California, USA
Zinfandel Blend
Top Notes For
Mike R
9.2

Just a Saturday afternoon with my friend R Bowers planning a little wine trip in a few months - did not expect this wine to be this good - “try it you might like it”

Just a Saturday afternoon with my friend R Bowers planning a little wine trip in a few months - did not expect this wine to be this good - “try it you might like it”

Feb 23rd, 2020
Mike R
9.3

Went great with Osso Bucco and left with very nice smiles

Went great with Osso Bucco and left with very nice smiles

Jun 2nd, 2019
Victoria Clare

Beautiful wine that tastes even better once it’s had air and is paired with a steak!

Beautiful wine that tastes even better once it’s had air and is paired with a steak!

2 people found it helpfulFeb 3rd, 2020
Jay Kline

This is Dave Phinney’s first Zinfandel-based wine since the noncompete associated with his sale of the Prisoner expired; hence the name. Popped and poured. Bold red and dark fruits with a significant amount of anise and black pepper. Medium tannins and a decent amount of acid to give the large amount of fruit some lift. A touch hot...the alcohol showing more as time went on. A fun wine to try and better than I expected but I can already feel palate fatigue setting in. Thanks Neal!

This is Dave Phinney’s first Zinfandel-based wine since the noncompete associated with his sale of the Prisoner expired; hence the name. Popped and poured. Bold red and dark fruits with a significant amount of anise and black pepper. Medium tannins and a decent amount of acid to give the large amount of fruit some lift. A touch hot...the alcohol showing more as time went on. A fun wine to try and better than I expected but I can already feel palate fatigue setting in. Thanks Neal!

2 people found it helpfulOct 4th, 2018
Mike R
9.5

It so damn good

Better than Turley but in same category

Big bold beautiful zin - delicious

All smiles tonight

It so damn good

Better than Turley but in same category

Big bold beautiful zin - delicious

All smiles tonight

2 people found it helpfulOct 3rd, 2018
David Russell

15.6%

15.6%

1 person found it helpfulJan 3rd, 2020
Chris antonini

Thanks to my uncle for this one

Thanks to my uncle for this one

1 person found it helpfulJan 3rd, 2020
Adam Baker

Drank at Jeff and Kelly Gwin’s before bank Christmas party. Earthy, dark fruit, cherry, strawberry. Young, but doesn’t taste it. Try older bottle sometime.

Drank at Jeff and Kelly Gwin’s before bank Christmas party. Earthy, dark fruit, cherry, strawberry. Young, but doesn’t taste it. Try older bottle sometime.

1 person found it helpfulDec 21st, 2019
Chris Vita

Well balanced wine, I may be under scoring this wine based on my lofty expectations for this come back.

Well balanced wine, I may be under scoring this wine based on my lofty expectations for this come back.

1 person found it helpfulNov 29th, 2019
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.1

Deep purplish red. Tight nose with red bramble berries, aniseed, dark chocolate, black fruit, savory spices and white pepper. Medium tannins (6.5/10) and medium to medium plus bodied. A bit peppery on the palate with some bright red berries and flowers. Medium plus finish. Would love to try this next time with a few hours in the decanter. Drink till 2025.

Deep purplish red. Tight nose with red bramble berries, aniseed, dark chocolate, black fruit, savory spices and white pepper. Medium tannins (6.5/10) and medium to medium plus bodied. A bit peppery on the palate with some bright red berries and flowers. Medium plus finish. Would love to try this next time with a few hours in the decanter. Drink till 2025.

1 person found it helpfulApr 21st, 2019