Petite Sirah is a revered grape varietal at Orin Swift. Since 2000, it has been made and utilized primarily as a blending component due to scarcity. Unlike its celebrated relative syrah, petite sirah can be a challenge to source. Yet, it has always been an objective to showcase the varietal in a dynamic blend and a pursuit was launched to find some prized petite vineyards. The realization of this goal came in 2009 with the first release of Machete. Spurred by a favorable reaction, we continued our hunt to include additional blocks in an effort to make the wine even better. Prominent regions throughout Northern California comprise this matrix, which provides for added layers of depth and structure. In 2014 we were afforded ideal growing conditions which allowed for an exceptional harvest. The results of which is a wine with attitude to complement the twelve individual labels.
Machete 2014 $47.99
A nearly opaque color sets in the glass with a hard, red complexion that is almost black. Aromas of ripe blueberries and candied plum mingle with toasted oak and charred vanilla. The entry is soft and inviting which paves the way for a lush mid-palate replete with layers of ripe boysenberry and cassis. The finish showcases ripe tannins and pronounced fruit which frames the two for nearly a minute.
Palermo is our most geographically diverse wine from our Cabernet Sauvignon program. Drawing up on all major growing regions within the Napa Valley, fruit is meticulously selected from our expansive vineyard network. This pursuit allows us to showcase the range and prestige of its varying microclimates and soil profiles. Or, what we like to refer to as “separate among equal parts.” Following two consecutive harvests of near perfect conditions, we were once again provided with superlative results that showcase savory and distinctive flavors reminiscent of this singular province.
Palermo 2014 $41.99
Rich aromas of seasoned oak meld effortlessly with ripe boysenberry and candied cassis. The entry of the wine is soft and delicate, but quickly evolves into a serious mid-palate replete with opulent and concentrated flavors of dark fruits. Black currant and kirsch provide background to lively raspberry and cherry notes that create a near endless finish.
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