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Orin Swift 'Machete' Red Blend, California

Orin Swift 'Machete' Red Blend, California

Bold Innovations: The 2018 Orin Swift 'Machete' Red Blend

Crafting a New Legacy: The 2018 Orin Swift 'Machete' is not just a wine; it's a declaration of independence, a bold statement in Californian viticulture. With empowerment and agency as its core, 'Machete' breaks free from traditional constraints, elevating Petite Sirah from a mere blending component to the centerpiece of a compelling narrative. Crafted by the visionary Dave Phinney, whose journey from harvest intern to international winemaking icon encapsulates a relentless pursuit of innovation, 'Machete' embodies the spirit of Orin Swift Cellars—a winery named after the fusion of family names to symbolize the blending of tradition and personal identity.

The Alchemy of Earth and Oak: Sourced from premier vineyards across California, including the renowned Stagecoach and Zaca Mesa, 'Machete' is a masterful blend of Petite Sirah, Syrah, and Grenache. This wine's transformation journey is meticulously guided over 11 months in French oak, of which 30% is new, crafting a tapestry of complexity and depth. The result is a wine of gothic mauve with a neon rim, a dark treasure in the glass hinting at the opulence within.

Winemaker's Canvas:

  • Alcohol: 15.6%
  • Maturation: Aged for 11 months in French Oak, 30% new
  • Blend: Petite Sirah, Syrah, and Grenache

A Symphony of Senses:

  • Visual: An enigmatic gothic mauve with a vivid neon rim, presenting an almost black hue.
  • Aroma: A rich bouquet of wet stone, black plum, and crushed gravel, inviting exploration.
  • Palate: Bold and enveloping, it offers a crescendo of mixed berry crepe, black licorice, and a hint of char, underpinned by the omnipotent weight of ripe Petite Sirah tannins.

Beyond the Bottle: Dave Phinney's ethos—"if you're going to work this hard, it has to be for yourself"—resonates through each bottle of 'Machete.' His narrative weaves through the soils of Napa Valley to the historic vineyards of Europe, showcasing a dedication to crafting wines that narrate the richness of their terroir. 'Machete' is not merely a wine but a chapter in Phinney's ongoing story of exploration and excellence, a testament to the artistry and intuition that define Orin Swift Cellars.

An Invitation to the Bold: 'Machete' is designed for those who seek the extraordinary, a perfect accompaniment to rich, flavorful dishes that mirror its complexity and strength. As a wine that defies expectations, it stands as a beacon for the adventurous, ready to age gracefully while boldly asserting its place at the table through 2050.

Orin Swift's 'Machete' is more than a wine; it is a testament to the power of vision, the beauty of artisanal craft, and the endless possibilities that lie in the union of creativity and tradition. Dave Phinney's journey from an aspiring student in Italy to a celebrated winemaker in California mirrors the transformative journey of 'Machete'—a wine born from the desire to express the unique character of its terroir, crafted for those who dare to taste the extraordinary.


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