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Orin Swift '8 Years in the Desert' Zinfandel 2020

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For eight years in the early 2010s, Orin Swift Cellars was barred from making any Zinfandel wines. From the grape that started everything OSC, the ‘desert’ gave us an opportunity to explore the diverse range of California’s grape varietals. But, as soon as those eight years were up, we had a plan in place to pay homage to our home.

Grape Varietals: Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah

Wine Region: Napa Valley, California

Tasting Notes: Evolving aromatics present themselves first with black and white pepper, then a ripe fruit core of brambly raspberry and sweet persimmon, finishing with savory notes of allspice, clove and fig leaf. Boisterous yet elegant on entry, the wine shows its plush layers with distinctive strawberry preserves, blackberry and raspberry topped with fresh crème. Round, ripe tannins close the palate menacingly, leaving one with a desperate thirst for more.

Food Pairing: Cheeseburger with Caramelized Onions and Garlic Aioli


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