Orin Swift Abstract is a relatively new California red wine gem from Dave Phinney, a gifted and fast-rising winemaker.  Dave is the owner of Orin Swift Cellars, and has come a long way since beginning his career with 2 tons of purchased Zinfandel grapes just a year out of college in 1998! His wine-making success includes some phenomenal wines such as Papillon and The Prisoner, and he launched the Abstract label with the 2009 vintage. Abstract came out of Dave’s love of Grenache and a desire to make a blend using that varietal as the focal point. The wine has an inky concentration rounded out with Petite Sirah and Syrah. 

Orin Swift Abstract is a blend of Grenache, Petite Sirah, and Syrah from Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Amador and El Dorado Counties, primarily from hillside vineyards. Opaque and purple to the rim of the glass, an elevated display of aromatics is immediately present. Fragrant dark fruits, spring flowers, violet, and hint of garrigue greet the nose and tempt added review. Extraordinary freshness is present upon entry leading to lush flavors of sweet boysenberries, kirsch, licorice, dark cherries, and exotic floral notes. The palate is thoroughly treated and left with a finish of bright acidity and round tannins, which exist in seamless balance. Aged 10 months in a combination of new and seasoned French oak, 30% new. 15.7% alc.

Abstract Wine

Right out of the gate, with its very first vintage, Abstract made history by being named the #45 Wine in the World on the Prestigious Wine Spectator Top 100 list.  Wine Spectator gave 2013 vintage 92 points.  Robert Parker rated the 2013 Abstract 94 points.

Winemaker’s Notes

An alluring inky-purple achievement, Abstract is replete with a vivid nose of red and black stone fruits, candied cherry, cassis, dried floral notes, and sweet oak accents. Fleshy and spirited, the wine evolves into a very complex flavor profile of dark berry preserve, raspberry jam, Asian spices, mocha, chaparral, and a hint of crushed rock minerality. An underlying acidity leads to a graceful fine tannin chain that is seemingly endless. A blend of Grenach, Petite Syrah and Syrah.

Enjoy this wine with steak, roast pork, grilled chicken, BBQ ribs, grilled vegetables and aged cheeses.