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Eight Years in the Desert Red 2017  - Last Bottle

Eight Years in the Desert Red 2017

This is a long one -- but we are damn lucky to have any AT ALL to sell!! Gorgeous package, as always, and pedal-to-the-metal wine!! Very limited!


WHOA. We’re just going to put this bluntly: this is Dave Phinney’s “The Prisoner” reboot, bigger, badder and better. It’s a long story. We cannot relate it all here. There are some YouTube videos, and you can check it out on their website for the whole story, too. It is Dave’s return to Zinfandel-based blends, and if you thought you loved The Prisoner or any his much-loved wines from Orin-Swift and other projects of his, HOLD. ON. TO. YOUR. …ANYTHING!!


Did you get some? Good. Prepare to be blown away.


We’ll let winemaker Kevin Fox take the reins: “Heady aromas of brambly raspberry, black fig and peppercorn dominate; time in glass exposes more—dark chocolate, fennel and High Sierra forest floor. The palate is lush and opulent with blackberries, dark plums and currants. More flavors add to the quality of the blend—a visceral minerality and fresh Herbs de Provence. Fully integrated with puckering tannins, the wine bows out with finesse.”


Lush, indeed. This is packed and stacked, brimming over with ripe, juicy Zin fruit. What a worthy return to form. To quote Dave: “Nothing has been spared on this project. The tank is empty; everything was left on the field. This is literally blood sweat and tears.”


Super-limited --- please jump on this ASAP. It is FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED…!



"Our relationship with Zinfandel goes back 20 years. Orin Swift Cellars was started with two tons of Zinfandel in 1998—perhaps the most important two tons we’ve ever purchased. Quite often, you learn more from your failures than you do from your successes. What we learned from those two tons is that there is neither a silver bullet nor alchemy once the grapes are in the winery. You can only make great wine from great grapes. This truism applies to Zinfandel more than any other varietal. Like golf or fly-fishing, you never truly master the game; you just have good days and bad days. By incorporating Petite Sirah and Syrah into the blend, we’re able to mitigate some of the unpredictability. In the end, our goal every year, is to get closer and closer to the mastery of Zinfandel."

Technical Details

Blend: Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Syrah
Winemaker: David Phinney
Aging/Cooperage: Aged for 8 months in French Oak, 30% New
Alcohol: 15.50%

About The Producer

The history of Orin Swift Cellars dates back to 1995 when on a lark, David Swift Phinney took a friend up on an offer and went to Florence, Italy to spend a semester “studying”. During that time, he was introduced to wine, how it was made, and got hooked. A few more years of university led to graduation and eventually a job at Robert Mondavi Winery in 1997 as a temporary harvest worker. Deciding that if he was going to work this hard, it would eventually have to be for himself, so in 1998 he founded Orin Swift Cellars; Orin is his father’s middle name and Swift is 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 himself and grew the brand to what it is today.

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