Orin Swift

Machete Napa Valley Red Blend

9.2116 ratings
9.17 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

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
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
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
Meg Herring

I rated Mercury Head higher but this is my personal fave from Orin Swift #pghwinefestival

I rated Mercury Head higher but this is my personal fave from Orin Swift #pghwinefestival

May 11th, 2018
LM Segal

Powerful and smooth, killer nose. I suspect a few cellar years will put this concentrated and balanced beauty in an even better place. Awesome steak wine.

Powerful and smooth, killer nose. I suspect a few cellar years will put this concentrated and balanced beauty in an even better place. Awesome steak wine.

1 person found it helpfulMay 20th, 2019
Jessica Heilmann

Buttery, full, berries, smoothie. Delicious!

Buttery, full, berries, smoothie. Delicious!

Jul 23rd, 2019
Kirk F
9.0

Massive but in a subtle way, if that makes any sense at all....

Massive but in a subtle way, if that makes any sense at all....

Apr 12th, 2019
Keith Watson

Everything Wine

Everything Wine

Dec 28th, 2018
Matt Richards

A bold wine. I think it works with or without food.

A bold wine. I think it works with or without food.

Dec 1st, 2018