David Phinney, the creator of “The Prisoner,” is back with his Second Limited Release Zinfandel blend under the label he created, Orin Swift Cellars.
8 Years: That's how long a hiatus Phinney took (well, was required to take) from making Zinfandel as part of his non-compete when he sold his popular brand, “The Prisoner.” Phinney pays homage to his “time in the desert” with this eight series release of 8 Years In The Desert.
The current 2018 release is his 2nd release of this eight year series… and it is exceptional!
Phinney is a blending virtuoso artfully combining Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Grenache. The wine opens with heady aromas of brambly raspberry, black fig and peppercorn. Dark chocolate, fennel and High Sierra forest floor follow. The palate is lush and opulent with blackberries, dark plums and currants. With visceral minerality, it has notes of fresh Herbs de Provence. Fully integrated with mouth-puckering tannins, the wine gracefully exits with exotic finesse.
Reminiscent of early Prisoner vintages, this 2018 is an outstanding blend!