The 2018 Orin Swift 8 Years In The Desert, with an opaque core with a red amethyst rim, opens with ripe raspberry and blackberry, dark plum preserves and hints of black pepper and clove. An entry of heft, the palate is packed with blueberry and sweet black cherry along with touch of fresh herbs—thyme, savory and tarragon. Long on the finish, the ripe tannins, a dash of ash, and notes of black tea round out the wine.
Varietal Composition: Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Syrah (percentages not specified)
Aging: 8 months French oak, 37% new