Orin Swift

Machete Napa Valley Red Blend

9.1389 ratings
9.126 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Petite Sirah, Syrah, 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
Sipping Fine Wine

My last ‘15, blend of Petite Sirah, Syrah & Grenache, aged for 10 months on French oak (40% new). Deep Ruby, aromas of black fruits, cedar and sweet spice. On the palate, ripe plums, jammy blueberries and sweet cherry with slight oak and vanilla spice, pours like syrup. Long finish, allowing soft tannins to open in your mouth. Good structure, great mouthfeel, ending with pure fruit and dash of minerality, drinks well now. Produced with 12 different labels. Wow!

My last ‘15, blend of Petite Sirah, Syrah & Grenache, aged for 10 months on French oak (40% new). Deep Ruby, aromas of black fruits, cedar and sweet spice. On the palate, ripe plums, jammy blueberries and sweet cherry with slight oak and vanilla spice, pours like syrup. Long finish, allowing soft tannins to open in your mouth. Good structure, great mouthfeel, ending with pure fruit and dash of minerality, drinks well now. Produced with 12 different labels. Wow!

Aug 18th, 2020
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Found another ‘15, a blend of Petite Sirah, Syrah & Grenache and aged for 10 months on French oak (40% new). Deep Ruby with aromas of black fruits, cedar and sweet spice. On the palate, ripe plums, jammy blueberries and sweet cherry with slight oak and vanilla spice, pours like syrup. Lingering finish, good length allowing the soft tannins to open in your mouth. Good structure, great mouthfeel, ending with pure fruit and dash of minerality, drinks well now. Produced with 12 different labels. Wow!

Found another ‘15, a blend of Petite Sirah, Syrah & Grenache and aged for 10 months on French oak (40% new). Deep Ruby with aromas of black fruits, cedar and sweet spice. On the palate, ripe plums, jammy blueberries and sweet cherry with slight oak and vanilla spice, pours like syrup. Lingering finish, good length allowing the soft tannins to open in your mouth. Good structure, great mouthfeel, ending with pure fruit and dash of minerality, drinks well now. Produced with 12 different labels. Wow!

Sep 8th, 2019
Hayden B. Oothout

I am guessing that I got a bottle that was effected by poor storage. It was upright in the liquor store behind all of the 2016 vintages. There is an odd astringent bitter taste on the front end and is pretty muted on the nose. I bought this today, so it’s probably been stored up right for over a year. There is some fruit but it is tough to notice with all the bitterness. Damn shame. Proper wine storage is important!

I am guessing that I got a bottle that was effected by poor storage. It was upright in the liquor store behind all of the 2016 vintages. There is an odd astringent bitter taste on the front end and is pretty muted on the nose. I bought this today, so it’s probably been stored up right for over a year. There is some fruit but it is tough to notice with all the bitterness. Damn shame. Proper wine storage is important!

Apr 10th, 2019
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.0

So....@India Okoh wants to get all the labels and model them in SA. I’m down.

Deep purplish red. Fruit forward nose with some violets, baking spices and blackberries. Full bodied with medium tannins (6/10). Great earthiness on the palate with black and blue fruits, spices and a little herbal. Long and lingering finish. Drink till 2026.

So....@India Okoh wants to get all the labels and model them in SA. I’m down.

Deep purplish red. Fruit forward nose with some violets, baking spices and blackberries. Full bodied with medium tannins (6/10). Great earthiness on the palate with black and blue fruits, spices and a little herbal. Long and lingering finish. Drink till 2026.

Feb 16th, 2019
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Wow, a Fav! Had another bottle about 7 mos ago. Blend of Petite Sirah, Syrah & Grenache and aged for 10 months on French oak (40% new). A deep red color with aromas of black fruits and sweet spice. On the palate, ripe plums, jammy blueberries and sweet cherry with slight oak and vanilla spice, pours like syrup. Lingering finish, good length allowing the soft tannins to open in your mouth. Good structure, ending with pure fruit and dash of minerality, drinks well now. Produced with 12 different labels. Wow!

Wow, a Fav! Had another bottle about 7 mos ago. Blend of Petite Sirah, Syrah & Grenache and aged for 10 months on French oak (40% new). A deep red color with aromas of black fruits and sweet spice. On the palate, ripe plums, jammy blueberries and sweet cherry with slight oak and vanilla spice, pours like syrup. Lingering finish, good length allowing the soft tannins to open in your mouth. Good structure, ending with pure fruit and dash of minerality, drinks well now. Produced with 12 different labels. Wow!

Jan 23rd, 2019
"Odedi"

This 2012 red blend from the house of Orin Swift is always enjoyable.

Unfortunately it wasn't stored properly and shows some over ripen fruits. However it is still very yummy. Showing black fruits with Oak vanilla spices, chocolates tobacco mocha coke earth.

Balanced with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel.

Spicy on the finish with fine tannins.

15.7% alcohol by volume.

92 points

This 2012 red blend from the house of Orin Swift is always enjoyable.

Unfortunately it wasn't stored properly and shows some over ripen fruits. However it is still very yummy. Showing black fruits with Oak vanilla spices, chocolates tobacco mocha coke earth.

Balanced with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel.

Spicy on the finish with fine tannins.

15.7% alcohol by volume.

92 points

Jan 15th, 2019
Brad Hemmer

It’s been a minute...good way to come back to review. Ripe powerful fruit, big and bold and jammy.

It’s been a minute...good way to come back to review. Ripe powerful fruit, big and bold and jammy.

Sep 29th, 2018
David L

14’ Orin Swift Machete Red Wine. ALC 15.7 A blend of Syrah, Petite Syrah, Grenache.
There’s a fine line between ripened fruit/moderated oak/ big tannins 🤔.
Medium/ dark purple in color. Black fruits, sweet blue fruits, peppers, herbs, earthiness, chewy tannins. Lingering finish!!(the most appealing part of this wine) We just let it opened up in the glass for about 30 minutes. This would be fun to revisit again in a few years.

14’ Orin Swift Machete Red Wine. ALC 15.7 A blend of Syrah, Petite Syrah, Grenache.
There’s a fine line between ripened fruit/moderated oak/ big tannins 🤔.
Medium/ dark purple in color. Black fruits, sweet blue fruits, peppers, herbs, earthiness, chewy tannins. Lingering finish!!(the most appealing part of this wine) We just let it opened up in the glass for about 30 minutes. This would be fun to revisit again in a few years.

Aug 24th, 2018
Sipping Fine Wine

A blend of Petite Sirah, Syrah & Grenache and aged for 10 months on French oak (40% new). A deep red color with aromas of black fruits and sweet spice. On the palate, ripe plums, jammy blueberries and sweet cherry with slight oak and vanilla spice, pours like syrup. Lingering finish, good length allowing the soft tannins to open in your mouth. Good structure, ending with pure fruit and dash of minerality, drinks well now. Produced with 12 different labels. Wow! Better than ‘14, I tasted.

A blend of Petite Sirah, Syrah & Grenache and aged for 10 months on French oak (40% new). A deep red color with aromas of black fruits and sweet spice. On the palate, ripe plums, jammy blueberries and sweet cherry with slight oak and vanilla spice, pours like syrup. Lingering finish, good length allowing the soft tannins to open in your mouth. Good structure, ending with pure fruit and dash of minerality, drinks well now. Produced with 12 different labels. Wow! Better than ‘14, I tasted.

Jul 10th, 2018
Sipping Fine Wine

A blend of Petite Sirah, Syrah & Grenache and aged for 10 months on French oak (40% new). A deep red color with aromas of black fruits and sweet spice. On the palate, ripe plums, jammy blueberries and sweet cherry with slight oak and vanilla spice, pours like syrup. Lingering finish, good length allowing the soft tannins to open in your mouth. Good structure, ending with pure fruit and dash of minerality, drinks well now. Produced with 12 different labels. Wow! Better than ‘14, I tasted.

A blend of Petite Sirah, Syrah & Grenache and aged for 10 months on French oak (40% new). A deep red color with aromas of black fruits and sweet spice. On the palate, ripe plums, jammy blueberries and sweet cherry with slight oak and vanilla spice, pours like syrup. Lingering finish, good length allowing the soft tannins to open in your mouth. Good structure, ending with pure fruit and dash of minerality, drinks well now. Produced with 12 different labels. Wow! Better than ‘14, I tasted.

Jun 18th, 2018