Orin Swift '8 Years in the Desert' 2020

Grapes: Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah

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 pie 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