- Orin Swift Abstract 2012 Product #27703 (In Stock)
While Prisoner gets more attention, we think Abstract is actually the best wine Orin Swift's Dave Phinney makes. It's more Rhonish than Prisoner - the backbone is Grenache and Syrah - with a jolt of Petite Sirah for structure and power. Young and needing air now (give it an hour or two), but already showing soft black berry pie aromas with hints of plum pudding, roasted coffee and earth. Hides the 15.7% alcohol well in a mouthful of creamy blackberry, mulberry, and roasted plum fruit with accents of dark chocolate and black tea. The tannins are fine but grippy at first, but soften nicely with a little air or food. Wild cherry candy, coffee, and a bit of cassis linger nicely in this big, robust - but not quite over the top - red to enjoy with big food. Yes, it's a bit more "serious" than Prisoner, but more versatile with food - and an even better value!
- Orin Swift The Prisoner 2012 Product #27691 (In Stock)
The Prisoner is not for the faint hearted. This is a big - right around 15% alcohol - California red that escapes from the glass with an explosion of super-ripe red and black fruit plenty of spicy oak. It’s always an exotic flavor profile from an exotic blend: In 2012 46% Zinfandel, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Syrah, 18% Petite Sirah, and 2% Charbono. The super-ripe fruit comes from some of California’s top vineyards, including Heitz Ink Grade, Korte, York Creek, Black Sears and Stagecoach.
Like you, we don’t get to taste Prisoner until Halloween, but winemaker Jen Beloz’s notes are sure to make your mouth water! “The wine has a deep ruby red hue that is framed in rich crimson. Aromas of black cherry and plum, surrounded by roasted co¬ffee beans and vanillin oak accents. The entry is powerful and lush with favors of Bing cherry, blueberry and cocoa. Soft and velvety tannins round out the finish making this wine approachable and inviting.”