It’s hard to believe that this fall will be my twenty first harvest in the Napa Valley.
As many of you know, the first commercial wine I made for Orin Swift was Zinfandel. But none of you have ever tried it. None of you have tried it because it was never bottled. I sold it on the bulk market. I would argue that Zinfandel may be the most difficult varietal to tame. But when you get it right it rewards you like no other. If winemaking is a series of challenges Zinfandel has them all in spades. So, in 2009 I took a break from Zinfandel and its challenges. It would end up being an eight-year break. Eight years in the desert. It was never if but when would we make Zinfandel again. That when is now.
Today is a big day. I am reunited with the varietal that got me started in the wine business and created Orin Swift. We hope you’ve enjoyed the videos and below there is a preview of all eight of the labels. This project is by far the most personal of any I have undertaken. There will be one more reveal when the wine is shipped this fall. A unique item will accompany the wine and will only be offered with this first release. Nothing has been spared on this project. The tank is empty; everything was left on the field. This is literally blood sweat and tears.
So, with no further ado, we proudly give you 8 Years in the Desert. A blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Syrah and small percentages of other red varietals.