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2009 Orin Swift - Abstract Proprietary Blend - USA - California - North Coast - Red

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USA - California - North Coast

Red Proprietary Blend
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Orin Swift Cellars is the realization of a dream that began while Dave Phinney was studying abroad at the University of Florence. When he returned to the States, he worked his first harvest for the Robert Mondavi Winery on the nightshift. The next year, he started Orin Swift Cellars with two tons of purchased Zinfandel grapes.

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Comm: 2011-2018 VF: 2012-2024

Author Cutrx
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.134%
Tasted On 07/10/2015
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Author jpleedy
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 11/29/2012

Fruit forward aromas and the nose explodes with dark fruit and spice. Velvet on the tongue. Incredibly silky tannins. The finish is amazing. It seems to disappear after swallowing and then reappears and lingers for a remarkably long time, like a chocolate covered dark cherry with a little menthol.

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Author Rmann
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.667%
Tasted On 09/30/2012
Drink Dates 2012-2013

big spice, medium complexity, medium to full bodied, average finish. Small nose - very drinkable. Opened up in ~45 mins.

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Author Anon
Site / Blog Trust Rating 91.346%
Tasted On 09/07/2012
Drink Dates 2011-2018
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Author Pali Wine Guy
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.587%
Tasted On 11/21/2011

#45 on WS top 100 for 2011

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Tasted On 02/21/2011
Drink Dates 2011-2018
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Author Beth C
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 85.714%
Tasted On 02/04/2011
Drink Dates 2011-2018

2009 Abstract California Red Wine, Inaugural Vintage Abstract is a blend of Grenache, Petite Sirah, and Syrah primarily from hillside vineyards in Sonoma County. The aromas are all berry and black fruits, with neatly integrated caramelized oak. A huge entry coats the mouth. The wine has tons of weight on the mid-palate and is dense with layers of ripe cherry and strawberries. The finish is laced with long soft tannins that go on and on. Abstract is inspired by the wines Dave Phinney has been drinking in the Pyrénées-Orientales over the past two years. In this mountainous outpost of France's Roussillon region, Dave started making wine at his own small winery. He wanted to make something from similar varietals (back here at home) that one can open and enjoy every day. Inaugural release: October 2010 Oak: 10 mos. French Oak - 30% new 15.7% Alc. by volume Suggested retail price - $25

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Author A Howells
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Tasted On 12/02/2010
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