Monday, June 17, 2013 - At first blush, with its panorama of limbless mannequin torsos on the label and description of the contents within as a "California white wine...15.5% abv", this wine appears to be an abomination. Yet this is an Orin Swift wine so pre-judgment is reserved and for good reason. The varietal mix here is a varying combination of Chardonnay, Viognier, Semillon, Muscat, and Marsanne - the Viognier and Muscat theoretically providing the aromatics, the Semillon and Marsanne the body, and maybe the Chardonnay for all the nuances that the disparate parcels from which the fruit was sourced (Napa, Sonoma, Santa Barbara) can express. Who knows, really, and I can't say that everything comes through or serves its purpose, but taken as a whole this wine undoubtedly works. Off-dry and creamy, tree fruit (apple, pear) and honey notes are prominent, with more tropical fruit on the palate and a waxy finish. A big wine this is and it doesn't strive to be anything else, but it remains in balance (although I wouldn't call it crisp) and never becomes a chore to finish as wines of this sort sometimes degenerate into. You may expect a novelty but you will be rewarded with a unique but very worthy white wine. Pick this one up as an analog to an Alsatian white and give it a shot.
It tastes like Apple, and Pear. The body is Medium/Full. The wine finishes Medium.