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2012 Orin Swift Cabernet Sauvignon Palermo

Napa Valley more

5/28/2015 - Barolo Raymond wrote: 89 points

Deep ruby, with black core and purple rim, slow moving legs @15.5% abv. Medium sweet aromas of blackberry, leather, roasted coffee-beans with green pepper notes. Off-dry, almost medium sweet, medium(-) acidity, medium(-) supple and ripe, cocoa-lined tannin, high alcohol and definitely full-bodied. Medium (+) flavors of blackberry jam, almost meaty savory flavors, toasted bleck peppers (soft & sweet).
Thick viscous, suave texture, very rich and extracted but not very much depth to flavor palate. Power over elegance. Great length with medium sweet gripping tannin in the finish.
Brilliant label, unfortunately we don't drink that. Too heavy bottle.

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2007 Orin Swift Papillon

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/27/2015 - kennyd Likes this wine: 91 points

The "sweetness" that some have complained of I actually find nice in this wine. Yes, there is not a tremendous amount of complexity, but the wine just tastes good. This was the last bottle of Papillon we have in our cellar. Too bad.

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2004 Orin Swift The Prisoner

Napa Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel more

3/2/2015 - TannicBeast Likes this wine: 92 points

It was interesting to try the Prisoner with a little bottle age. Still a whopper at 15.2% alcohol, but all the components come together nicely. Drink now. although it is by no means over the hill. Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Charbono and Petite Sirah.

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2012 Orin Swift Cabernet Sauvignon Palermo

Napa Valley more

5/25/2015 - UofM wrote: 91 points

Fruit has mellowed a bit since my last bottle, but stil showing nice plum, dark dark fruits, vanilla and some graphite. Tannins are thee, but not taking over. Might be a bit too much acid for me. Wish I had one more to save.

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2005 Orin Swift Cabernet Sauvignon Mercury Head

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5/24/2015 - BGK810 wrote: 93 points

Delicious. Deep cherry flavors, rich, deep dark berry fruit. Medium length finish.

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Red

2010 Orin Swift Saldo

California Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel more

5/24/2015 - cwardesq wrote: 88 points

Bold, fruit flavors. Very drinkable, but not my style.

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2012 Orin Swift Mannequin

Napa Valley Chardonnay Blend, Chardonnay more

5/23/2015 - Wine Gombie wrote: 85 points

Let us start off by saying this was not a flawed bottle of wine . . . but just not what we were expecting. So, not having any experience with this Orin Swift, we went to the winemaker’s notes for some insight. Though, in retrospect, the winemaker’s notes were pretty spot on, our interpretation was very different. A grilled pork chop was made with a spicy, lime, tomato marinade. I know sounds a little funky, but it really does work great on pork, chicken, and turkey. Wait, I digress….
Anyway, usually when we do anything spicy we always pair with a sweet forward wine. Nothing sugary, but just enough residual sugar to cut the spicy down from the dish. This was not what we had hoped. Good yes, but not what we were expecting ☹
This is a chardonnay. It acts like a chardonnay. It has a whole bunch of other grapes in the mix, but it still acts like a chardonnay. We’re not saying this in a bad way; we were just expecting a little more blend and a little less in your face chardonnay. Oh well, may the force be with you on this one.

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Rosť

2013 Orin Swift Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes Skin Deep

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5/21/2015 - Ken332 Does not like this wine: 82 points

Lovely color, nose, and initial flavors (or roses) but this wine is over whelming with alcohol (15.3 %). Since I am sensitive to high alcohol levels (above 14.8% or so depending upon fruit levels), neither my wife nor I enjoyed this wine and round up disposing of it. Purchase at your risk.

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Red

2009 Orin Swift Abstract

California Red Rhone Blend more

5/20/2015 - JuliannaD Likes this wine: 91 points

Dark berries with a creamy mouthful. Smooth and well integrated tannins. Just delicious.

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2012 Orin Swift Papillon

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/3/2015 - RayT Likes this wine: 93 points

Nice bottle of wine. Well integrated.

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Red

2008 Orin Swift Cabernet Sauvignon Mercury Head

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5/19/2015 - Dave_Mowry wrote: 89 points

Had a nice bouquet with obvious fruit forward aroma. The wine feel a bit flat but had good fruit (blackberry currant and fig with some earthiness) Seems to be a bit overpriced for the quality of the wine.

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2012 Orin Swift Abstract

California Red Rhone Blend more

5/17/2015 - rcl1 wrote: 94 points

Really good especially after 2 days on counter corked with the less-occlusive closure device. Berries and black fruit.

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2012 Orin Swift Papillon

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/17/2015 - wineshaman wrote: 89 points

Nothing wrong with this blend, just a bit underwhelming given the vintage and the pedigree. Drank this bottle over 2 days, smooth, elegant wine by California standards, plenty of unusual blue & black fruits, structure and balance seem to be there for short term cellaring.

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2009 Orin Swift Cabernet Sauvignon Mercury Head

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5/17/2015 - mkaskowitz wrote: 91 points

- Ruby color.

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Red

2009 Orin Swift Others

Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes Red Blend more

5/16/2015 - jonahfactor Likes this wine: NR

Sadly, our last bottle. The case we bought provided a lot of joy over the past several years. Previous notes still hold. The jammy bass notes became more pronounced over time, along with more smokey, tarry, licorice secondary aromas and flavors. Simply a fun wine that could have passed for one that was much more expensive.

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Red

2009 Orin Swift The Prisoner

Napa Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel more

5/15/2015 - Acohen Likes this wine: 88 points

Nice dark fruit with good spice, bramble and sweetness that was a pleasant match with lamb shishkabob

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2012 Orin Swift Papillon

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/14/2015 - lvepicure Likes this wine: 88 points

Gobs of delicious ripe fruit. Sweet tannins, light acid. A good wine with big bold flavors, but lacking concentration, depth, and finish. Another Orin Swift! No nuance, no terroir, no depth. If I'd paid $25, I'd be happy, but for $75 this has no subtlety or shading. Just lots of big ripe fruit and sweet tannin. Disappointment! No more Orin Swift for me!

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Red

2002 Orin Swift Cabernet Sauvignon Mercury Head

Napa Valley more

5/13/2015 - winejnky wrote: 88 points

Big wine, still tannic, fairly heavy sediment, more oak than fruit.

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2009 Orin Swift Papillon

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/12/2015 - maxhoya1 Likes this wine: 93 points

I loved this wine. Drinking very well nw. Great fruit and nice finish. I would put this between 92 and 93 and I generously rounded up.

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2012 Orin Swift Machete

California Red Blend more

5/6/2015 - cliffkol wrote: 88 points

First Wednesday Wine Group (Coral Gables, Fl.): Another over the top fruit bomb from Orin Swift. He definitely knows the recipe for big and bold combined with balanced tannins. A huge crowd pleaser, but not for me. (D loved this wine)

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2012 Orin Swift Equinox Edition 3: The Commute

California/Rhone Red Rhone Blend more

5/11/2015 - jimmyrice14 wrote: 95 points

Huge but very balanced and smooth...should last for years.

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Rosť

2013 Orin Swift Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes Skin Deep

Rosé Blend more

5/10/2015 - jviz wrote: 89 points

Nice juice - color of maraschino cherry, nose of peach skin, fairly closed. Strawberry on the palate, very dry but full bodied without being tannic (which might be expected from the color). A touch flabby. Bought for $16, thought it was a good value.

Same thoughts on day 2

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Red

2012 Orin Swift Abstract

California Red Rhone Blend more

5/10/2015 - Anonymous wrote: 89 points

15.7 ABV is a lot for a dinner wine. Kinda like drinking "Mad Dog" with steak. Not bad but seriously heavy duty.

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Red

2012 Orin Swift Equinox Edition 3: The Commute

California/Rhone Red Rhone Blend more

5/9/2015 - Red@Sunset Likes this wine: 96 points

Liked this a bunch. Took a little while to open up. Will be better a year from now.

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Red

2012 Orin Swift Equinox Edition 3: The Commute

California/Rhone Red Rhone Blend more

5/1/2015 - The Wine Guy Likes this wine: 93 points

This bottle was new off the travel and may have had jostled journey. The blend of NA and EU gives this wine a very interesting nose althou, the fruit of 2012 Syrah CA, and complexity of the petite is a bit overpowering the terroir of the grenache.

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