2009 Orin Swift Machete
Proprietary Blend - 750ML

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Cory Gowan - JJ Buckley, February 2011
Made from 49% petite sirah 30% grenache and 21% syrah from vineyards spanning Napa Sonoma & Mendocino counties. Dark opaque purplish red fades to pink at the rim. Another full-throttle blockbuster California red from... Made from 49% petite sirah 30% grenache and 21% syrah from vineyards spanning Napa Sonoma & Mendocino counties. Dark opaque purplish red fades to pink at the rim. Another full-throttle blockbuster California red from master blender Dave Phinney the 2009 Machete is like a "big brother" to the 2009 Abstract. It offers powerful aromas of red and black fruit intertwined with saline sailing from the glass while blackberry boysenberry and blueberry jam come together on the palate. Although there are layers of flavor and rich fruit it retains balance in spades and finishes very clean with fine almost dusty tannins and medium-long length. Pop the cork now and often or hold for 5+ years as this should come together gorgeously with a little time in the bottle.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 2009

Winery

Orin Swift

The history of Orin Swift Cellars began during a “study” abroad trip to Florence in 1995, where founder David Swift Phinney was introduced to wine, how it was made, and got hooked. After graduation, he landed a job as a temporary harvest worker at Robert Mondavi Winery in 1997, which led to his decision to build his own company. In 1998, Phinney founded Orin Swift Cellars, so designated to honor his father’s middle name and his mother’s maiden name.

With two tons of zinfandel and not much else, he spent the next decade making wine for others, as well as for himself, and grew the company into a multinational brand that now includes 300 acres of vineyards in the Southwest of France. This international ambition has led to projects in Spain, Italy, Corsica, Argentina and other locations around the globe.

Most well-known for his iconic The Prisoner, a Zinfandel-based red blend he has since sold to Huneeus Vintners, Orin Swift Cellars produces several other sought-after domestic wines, each with an innovative label or bottle design. These include the cabernet-based Mercury Head, the Bordeaux blend Papillon, and a Chardonnay-based white blend, Machete. His project in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of Southwest France, Department 66, focuses on old-vine Grenache under the D-66 label.