Thursday, August 6, 2009

Orin Swift The Prisoner 2006

The Orin Swift vineyard was started by Dave Phinney who, like many of us, asked himself what he was going to do after college with his political science degree. While studying in Italy, a roommate from Sonoma suggested the wine industry. By 1999, Orin Swift Winery was starting production. The catchy name is a combination of his mother's name and his father's name, Orin and Swift. The Prisoner, their flagship wine, is a Zinfandel mix with 51% Zinfandel, 23% Cabernet, 12% Syrah and a mix of other varietals. It has an upfront jammy red berry taste with blackberry and plum and some coffee to mix. It is a medium to full bodied wine with smooth tannins. The back end taste was like an elegant swiss chocolate and spices. Really enjoyed this wine but I think putting it in the cellar for another 2-3 years would bring out the best. Nice wine for grilled meats. Wine Spectator gave this wine a 91 point rating. I would agree. Give this wine a try. Retails for about $35.

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