The 2018 Orin Swift Machete appears almost black in the glass. Notes of wet stone, black plum, and crushed gravel reverberate from within. Bold up-front, the palate is all-enveloping with mixed berry crepe, black licorice, and a touch of char. Layered and omnipotent in weight, the wine finishes with ripe Petite Sirah tannins providing a pleasant closing texture.
Varietal Composition: Petite Sirah, Syrah, Grenache (percentages not specified)
Aging: 11 months, French oak, 30 percent new
93 Points - Wine Advocate
"Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Proprietary Red Machete needs some swirling to reveal a core of beautiful crushed black plums, boysenberries and black cherry compote plus hints of cracked black pepper, garrigue and camphor. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is laden with muscular, crunchy black fruits and plush tannins, finishing long with lovely freshness. 22,563 cases were made." -LPB, 2/26/21