Orin Swift 8 Years In The Desert 2019
Zinfandel started this entire journey for Orin Swift. Two tons in ‘97 that stuck and since then, it hasn’t gotten much easier. It would become a common occurrence for years because of the difficulty fermenting Zinfandel in our style; its humbling in many ways. But every year, we get better. The 2019 Zinfandel was blessed with ideal growing conditions across the state, similar to the 2018 iteration. Syrah and Petite Sirah also benefited from the growing season. Sourced from premier California growing regions, the 2019 8 Years in the Desert is a quintessential exemplar of drinkability, perceived sweetness and complexity.
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 with well-integrated acidity and enduring energy.
Aged for 8 months in French and American Oak, 63% being new.
93 Points The Wine Advocate
Orin Swift 8 Years In The Desert 2019 Notes To Your Senses:
- APPEARANCE: Opaque core with a red amethyst rim
- AROMA: Black and white pepper, ripe, brambly raspberry and sweet persimmon, with savory notes of allspice, clove and fig leaf
- TASTE: Boisterous yet elegant notes of strawberry preserves, blackberry and raspberry pie
- FINISH: Round, ripe tannins with integrated acidity
- ABV: 16.1%
Bringing out the best aromas and flavors of red wine can be achieved through the correct storage of temperature, generally between 50 to 55 degrees. Of course, this is a general rule of thumb as it depends on the grapes used when producing wine. There are so many health benefits due to the tannin.
Procyanidins are a type of condensed tannin that is found in green tea and dark chocolate. Speaking of health, young red wines are better than old as they have more tannin. However, don’t let the color fool you; as red wine ages, they become lighter. Very old wines are translucent and pale.
Vitis vinifera originating from Eastern Europe makes up most of the common varieties of red wine. The aromas of red wine come from grapes only. The aromas you may experience like, cherry, berry, jam, and herbs are all from fermented grapes and wine aging in oak barrels. Pretty simple for such a rich, complex, and tasteful wine!
California makes about 90% of all American wine, while it has been harvesting grapes since the 18th century. It’s the fourth largest producer in the world due to its abundance of fresh ingredients and diverse soils, it attracts the most renowned chefs and sommeliers from around the world. Although Chardonnay is the most popular wine in the sunny state of California, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, White Zinfandel and Pinot Grigio are a handful of other favorites.
During the prohibition area, Zinfandel was the wine grape that survived! The winemaker community always follows sustainable winegrowing practices and make sure to produce wine that is environmentally friendly. Don’t worry about the California drought every year, the annual rainfall of wine regions north of San Francisco and in southern regions receive adequate, fresh, rainfall.
Master Sommelier Little Known, Big Facts:
• The color of wine depends on the fermentation extracts using skin, like Red wine as compared to white wine, leaving the skin behind
• The oldest bottle of wine dates back to A.D. 325; it was found in Germany inside two Roman sarcophaguses
• The worst place to store wine is usually in the kitchen because it’s typically too warm, in refrigerators, their warmest setting can be too cold
• Richer heavier foods usually pair well with richer, heavier wines; light wines pair with lighter foods
• Generally, a vintage wine is a product of a single year’s harvest, not when the wine is bottled
• A “dumb” wine refers to the lack of odor while a “numb” wine has no odor and no potential of developing a pleasing odor in the feature
• If a server or sommelier hands you a cork, don’t smell it, look for the date or other information ( mold, cracking, or breaks)
• Tannin is a substance that tingles the gums when you indulge your palate with a sip of wine, it’s an excellent antioxidant
• Smell is by far the most important sense when it comes to drinking wine
• Wine was first developed in Mesopotamia, not France
• French wines are labeled following the soil on which they are produced, not according to the grape used
• When chilling wine, adding salt to ice will cool it down faster
You must be 21 or over to purchase this product.
Serve slightly chilled or at room temperature