Orin Swift Cellars Abstract 2018
A summary of something larger. Orin Swift Cellars Abstract is decidedly archetypal of many things to come on a journey with Orin Swift.
Aromatics with gravity, the wine pulls you in with notes of blueberry, black fig, bloodied strawberry and hints of musk and rhubarb. Bold on the entry, the palate exudes rich notes of dark plum and ripe raspberries with a slightly chalky texture. The wine transitions effortlessly to a finish of black cherry, sweet liquorice and some quick drying tannins.
A blend of Grenache, Petite Sirah and Syrah. The wine was aged for 8 months in a combination of 43% American and 57% French oak, of which 27% was new.
Top Tip: Decant an hour before serving.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
Aged for eight months in oak (27% new; of which, 57% was French oak), the 2018 Proprietary Red Abstract is a blend of Petite Sirah, Syrah, Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep garnet-purple colored, it offers up bombastic notions of crushed black cherries, warm plums and blueberry compote with hints of dried herbs, spice box and new leather. Full-bodied, the palate explodes with rich, ripe black and blue berry preserves and a velvety texture, finishing long and vibrant.
A bold and jammy blend, plump with personality, offering blackberry, espresso and smoky, peppered beef flavors that build structure toward medium-grained tannins. Syrah, Petite Sirah, Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2028.
WILFRED WONG OF – 91 POINTS
The 2018 Orin Swift Abstract Red is an excellent example of a red wine blend made from Rhône grapes. TASTING NOTES: This wine exhibits red fruit and savory spices. Pair it with slowly-braised meat dishes. (Tasted: February 12, 2020, San Francisco, CA)
A juicy, fruity red with lots of dried berries and walnuts, as well as hints of raisins. Full-bodied and very rich, yet not completely overdone. Leather and graphite. A blend of grenache, petite sirah and syrah. Drink now.