Orin Swift Cellars

Abstract Grenache Blend

9.0730 ratings
9.077 pro ratings
North Coast, California, USA
Syrah, Petite Sirah, Grenache, Zinfandel
Lamb, Tomato-Based, Potato, White Rice, Pungent Cheese, Pasta, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Salami & Prosciutto, Beef, Chili & Hot Spicy, Mushrooms, Hard Cheese, Pork, Venison, Chicken, Turkey, Herbs, Soft Cheese, Duck, Exotic Spices, Beans & Peas, Baking Spices, Chocolate & Caramel, Veal, Nuts & Seeds, Asian Cuisine, Salads & Greens, Quinoa, Farro, Brown Rice, Quinoa
Top Notes For
Boris Mathiszik

Delicious grenache blend. After struggling with previous vintages this one is nicely integrated and well balanced.

Delicious grenache blend. After struggling with previous vintages this one is nicely integrated and well balanced.

Nov 17th, 2020
"Odedi"

This red blend from Orin Swift is always enjoyable. Showing black fruits, licorice, wood, spices, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, coke, light earth and coffee.

Full bodied with medium acidity, rich and expressive.

Nice finish with round tannins (after 2 hours) and tangy cherries.

This 6 year old is a little over the top, and probably not for everyone. I used to enjoy this much more a few years ago, actually.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly, so be patient.

A good wine to drink by itself and a great party wine.

A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Petite Sirah.

15.7% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$35.

This red blend from Orin Swift is always enjoyable. Showing black fruits, licorice, wood, spices, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, coke, light earth and coffee.

Full bodied with medium acidity, rich and expressive.

Nice finish with round tannins (after 2 hours) and tangy cherries.

This 6 year old is a little over the top, and probably not for everyone. I used to enjoy this much more a few years ago, actually.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly, so be patient.

A good wine to drink by itself and a great party wine.

A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Petite Sirah.

15.7% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$35.

Jul 24th, 2020
Sipping Fine Wine

History dates back to 1995 when on a lark, David Swift Phinney took a friend up on an offer & went to Florence, Italy to spend a semester “studying”. During that time, he was introduced to wine, how it was made, & got hooked. A Grenache, Syrah & Petite Sirah blend. Aromas of fresh ripe red fruits with floral & spice. On the palate flavors of cherry & raspberry with cacao & espresso notes on sweet savory soft tannins, well balanced, lingering finish ending with fruit & toasty oak. Nice! Consistent Quality!

History dates back to 1995 when on a lark, David Swift Phinney took a friend up on an offer & went to Florence, Italy to spend a semester “studying”. During that time, he was introduced to wine, how it was made, & got hooked. A Grenache, Syrah & Petite Sirah blend. Aromas of fresh ripe red fruits with floral & spice. On the palate flavors of cherry & raspberry with cacao & espresso notes on sweet savory soft tannins, well balanced, lingering finish ending with fruit & toasty oak. Nice! Consistent Quality!

Jul 6th, 2020
Sipping Fine Wine

History dates back to 1995 when on a lark, David Swift Phinney took a friend up on an offer & went to Florence, Italy to spend a semester “studying”. During that time, he was introduced to wine, how it was made, & got hooked. A Grenache, Syrah & Petite Sirah blend. Aromas of fresh ripe red fruits with floral & spice. On the palate flavors of cherry & raspberry with cacao & espresso notes on sweet savory soft tannins, well balanced, lingering finish ending with fruit & toasty oak. Nice! Consistent Quality!

History dates back to 1995 when on a lark, David Swift Phinney took a friend up on an offer & went to Florence, Italy to spend a semester “studying”. During that time, he was introduced to wine, how it was made, & got hooked. A Grenache, Syrah & Petite Sirah blend. Aromas of fresh ripe red fruits with floral & spice. On the palate flavors of cherry & raspberry with cacao & espresso notes on sweet savory soft tannins, well balanced, lingering finish ending with fruit & toasty oak. Nice! Consistent Quality!

May 10th, 2020
Sharon B

Such a smooth wine! Very fruit forward with smooth tannins. I would have never thought that the abv was 15.2%. Will go deliciously with my steak tonight! It’s been a rough week so this will really be nice.

Such a smooth wine! Very fruit forward with smooth tannins. I would have never thought that the abv was 15.2%. Will go deliciously with my steak tonight! It’s been a rough week so this will really be nice.

Jan 30th, 2020
"Odedi"

Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, black currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, chocolates, tobacco, cola, espresso, spice box, cinnamon, earth, light vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and extremely fruity on the palate with blackberries, plums, cherries, currants, oak, spices, earth, vanilla, licorice, cloves, light vegetables, alcohol, cola, cinnamon and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a wonderful Grenache blend from the house of Orin Swift. Fruity, big, rich, spicy and interesting.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up and shows some tannins (1 hour). After 3 hours in the decanter, the nose really opened up, so be patient with this young wine.

Needs a few years in the bottle to mature properly.

Good by itself or with food. A great sipping wine by the porch or with friends.

A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Petite Sirah. Aged in French oak barrels for 8 months (30% new).

15.1% alcohol by volume.

94 points.

$35.

Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, black currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, chocolates, tobacco, cola, espresso, spice box, cinnamon, earth, light vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and extremely fruity on the palate with blackberries, plums, cherries, currants, oak, spices, earth, vanilla, licorice, cloves, light vegetables, alcohol, cola, cinnamon and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a wonderful Grenache blend from the house of Orin Swift. Fruity, big, rich, spicy and interesting.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up and shows some tannins (1 hour). After 3 hours in the decanter, the nose really opened up, so be patient with this young wine.

Needs a few years in the bottle to mature properly.

Good by itself or with food. A great sipping wine by the porch or with friends.

A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Petite Sirah. Aged in French oak barrels for 8 months (30% new).

15.1% alcohol by volume.

94 points.

$35.

Jan 8th, 2020
Adam Kincaid

Fun magnum for Thanksgiving dessert. Smooth and fruity, dark blackberries and currant with some tangy raspberry notes. Dark chocolate and moist earth round it out.

Fun magnum for Thanksgiving dessert. Smooth and fruity, dark blackberries and currant with some tangy raspberry notes. Dark chocolate and moist earth round it out.

Nov 29th, 2019
Boris Mathiszik

Revisiting this blend and liking it better than the 2016. Not sure exactly why, but I taste deeper notes of black current and a smoother finish.

Revisiting this blend and liking it better than the 2016. Not sure exactly why, but I taste deeper notes of black current and a smoother finish.

Nov 26th, 2019
Dr. Owen Bargreen

The 2016 'Abstract' is an intense blend of Grenache, Syrah and Petite Sirah, which was aged for 10 months in 35% new French oak prior to bottling. This begins with aromatics of milk chocolate, sagebrush, black tea and black olive all soaring from the glass. On the palate the texture impresses, as the wine glides effortlessly leaving behing flavors of black tea, blackberry jam, and mocha which persist through the extremely long finish. Drink 2019-2025- 93

The 2016 'Abstract' is an intense blend of Grenache, Syrah and Petite Sirah, which was aged for 10 months in 35% new French oak prior to bottling. This begins with aromatics of milk chocolate, sagebrush, black tea and black olive all soaring from the glass. On the palate the texture impresses, as the wine glides effortlessly leaving behing flavors of black tea, blackberry jam, and mocha which persist through the extremely long finish. Drink 2019-2025- 93

Mar 6th, 2019
Ron R
9.1

Fun wine. Great blend. Wifey loves it. Peace, out.

Fun wine. Great blend. Wifey loves it. Peace, out.

Dec 26th, 2018