Orin Swift Cellars Machete 2013 Front Label
Orin Swift Cellars Machete 2013 Front Label

Orin Swift Cellars Machete 2013

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750ML / 15.5% ABV
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750ML / 15.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

#97 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2015

**NOTE: Bottled with 12 different labels, you may not receive the one pictured**

An opaque, purple chroma is brilliantly on display in the glass. An alluring fragrance of bright floral notes, violet juxtaposed with intriguing mountain characteristics. The entry is big, dark, and brooding with concentrated berry flavors, black cherry, mocha, and delightful earthy, brambly notes. Soft and lush, the tannins are sublime which offsets a pleasing mineral finish.

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RP 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Another innovative and genius effort from Dave Phinney is his 2013 Proprietary Red Machete, which is a California red blend made from Petite Sirah, Syrah and Grenache. This wine is another that shows his tendency to produce wines of great intensity and personality. It is full-bodied and exuberant, with an inky purple color and a stunning nose of boysenberry, black cherry, chocolate and floral notes. Full-bodied, opulent and multilayered, this is another stunner that brilliantly conceals the ten months it spent in 40% new French oak, as well as its rather hefty alcohol. This is unbelievable wine and another great effort from a true, young, up-and-coming force in the world’s winedom.
Rating: 94+
WS 93
Wine Spectator
White pepper, violet, plum, blackberry, vanilla bean, nutmeg, black tea and espresso notes mingle effortlessly, lingering on the finish. Petite Sirah, Syrah and Grenache. Drink now through 2030.
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Orin Swift Cellars, led by winemaker Dave Phinney, is a brand known as much for its creative and evocative expression of art on the front of the bottle as it is the bold, yet finessed styling within the bottle. Based out of Saint Helena, within the prized Napa Valley, Orin Swift features a portfolio of wines that appeal to a variety of senses. It all begins in the vineyard. Sourcing for the Orin Swift family takes Dave across the state of California, with special interest in the Napa Valley, Sonoma County and Santa Barbara area. He sets his sights on small lots within the most coveted vineyards while ensuring that only fruit of the highest quality makes it into the final blend. Every wine in the portfolio, from the vineyard source to the distinct artwork adorning the label, offers a unique point of view while creating a heart-skipping impression.

“There’s a soul to this business.. that soul isn’t just from the people who make wine, it’s from everyone who loves wines that make them feel something.”—Dave Phinney

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Undoubtedly proving its merit over and over, Napa Valley is a now a leading force in the world of prestigious red wine regions. Though Cabernet Sauvignon dominates Napa Valley, other red varieties certainly thrive here. Important but often overlooked include Merlot and other Bordeaux varieties well-regarded on their own as well as for their blending capacities. Very old vine Zinfandel represents an important historical stronghold for the region and Pinot noir is produced in the cooler southern parts, close to the San Pablo Bay.

Perfectly situated running north to south, the valley acts as a corridor, pulling cool, moist air up from the San Pablo Bay in the evenings during the hot days of the growing season, which leads to even and slow grape ripening. Furthermore the valley claims over 100 soil variations including layers of volcanic, gravel, sand and silt—a combination excellent for world-class red wine production.

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