Orin Swift '8 Years in the Desert'
When cult winemaker Dave Phinney sold off the Prisoner, he was forced to sign a non-compete agreement. Owing to the popularity of that Zinfandel-based blend, the contract stipulated that he could not make Zin in California for 8 years afterwards. As the years passed, his fans grew restless in anticipation towards his next Zinfandel project, whenever he could release it. Finally, just a couple of years ago, he was free. The result? Orin Swift's 8 Years in the Desert, a Zinfandel blend alluding to his long exile from the ultimate California heritage grape. 8 Years is a full-bodied red that brings together the boldness and heartiness of Zinfandel, the nuance and complexity of Syrah, the fruitiness of Grenache, and the weight of Petite Sirah to create a wine packed with flavors of blueberry, sweet black cherry, and savory herbs. It is full-bodied, with a long, rich finish.