1995 was the beginning of Orin Swift Cellars. On a whim, David Swift Phinney took an offer and went to Italy (Florence). David was introduced to wine, and how it was made. Phinney to a job at the Robert Mondavi Winery in 1997 as a temp harvest worker. The wine bug had definitely set in with a vicious bite! Orin Swift Cellars was started in 1998 (Orin is his fathers middle name – Swift is his mothers maiden name. These wines are from a weekly tasting group that I’m a part of and always look forward to something new.

Department 66 “Facade” Grenache Gris 2016.

This wine is aged in neutral French oak after it goes through a cool fermentation process. There’s no malolactic fermentation, so the wine retains its natural smells and tastes with a slight mineral quality. Only 10 barrels are produced, so grab it up where you can find it!

“”Veladora” Napa Valley – Sauvignon Blanc 2016.

The really cool thing about this wine isn’t necessarily the tastes; its what he does with the proceeds in my humble opinion. The proceeds go to a organization called Puertas Abiertas; which provides dental and health care for the migrants workers working in the vineyards. Politics aside, I think taking care of others this way, is a good human trait we can all learn from.

“Slander” Pinot Noir 2016

This is a Pinot blend for the most part. Typically, “Slander” was made from grapes from Santa Rita Hills, but the 2016 was blended with Sonoma grapes from William Wesley Vineyard. It’s reported that Dave said “Now this the type of Pinot that I want to drink”.

Bright ruby in color, clear, red cherries, raspberries, a slight rose on the nose. Ripe red fruit, with savory undertones with a balanced with perfect amount of Acid, giving you the feeling of a slight sweetness on the tongue.

I have quite a few more, but its been a long day, and I’ll continue with more. Please check out my Instagram for more posts!


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