Orin Swift

Abstract California Grenache Blend

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

High expectations not fully met. The different components of this blend never really integrated, so I am at a loss about this wine. Perhaps it needs a lot more decanting. At the price, I feel it’s all marketing, so I am not really tempted to explore further.

High expectations not fully met. The different components of this blend never really integrated, so I am at a loss about this wine. Perhaps it needs a lot more decanting. At the price, I feel it’s all marketing, so I am not really tempted to explore further.

Dec 1st, 2018
Ron R
9.3

Some progress here... Why is it that the ladies like to paint? I dunno but I’ll take it.
Really enjoyed this bottle. I’m sure the DL snobs will scoff, but we care not.
Wifey rating.

Some progress here... Why is it that the ladies like to paint? I dunno but I’ll take it.
Really enjoyed this bottle. I’m sure the DL snobs will scoff, but we care not.
Wifey rating.

Nov 25th, 2018
Theo Olinger

Jammy, dry finish, vanilla notes

Jammy, dry finish, vanilla notes

1 person found it helpfulNov 7th, 2018
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!

1 person found it helpfulOct 23rd, 2018
Severn Goodwin

Dinner with friends, grilling on the Big Green Egg.

Nice, rich red fruits, yet somewhat over buttery oak persists. Love how this label is almost camouflaged against the granite countertop.

Dinner with friends, grilling on the Big Green Egg.

Nice, rich red fruits, yet somewhat over buttery oak persists. Love how this label is almost camouflaged against the granite countertop.

1 person found it helpfulSep 20th, 2018
Kristin the Wine Girl

Raspberry blackberry parfait dessert on the nose. Seduced me into a full case of the dark deep pool of lustful berry affection. A dark love handfed to me by Dave Phinney himself. Love.

Raspberry blackberry parfait dessert on the nose. Seduced me into a full case of the dark deep pool of lustful berry affection. A dark love handfed to me by Dave Phinney himself. Love.

1 person found it helpfulJun 18th, 2018
Mark H
9.3

Listening to pearl jam - this wine is PURE JAM 😃

Listening to pearl jam - this wine is PURE JAM 😃

Apr 18th, 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
AEL
8.8

Not quite up to expectations, but not bad. Layers of dark fruit, then spice (cinnamon prominent), on the nose, with a lemon note. Even, medium weight on the palate, with a nice sweet element. At Dena and Dan's, bottle #1.

Not quite up to expectations, but not bad. Layers of dark fruit, then spice (cinnamon prominent), on the nose, with a lemon note. Even, medium weight on the palate, with a nice sweet element. At Dena and Dan's, bottle #1.

Jan 26th, 2019