Orin Swift Machete – Limited Stock
by Geoff Nicoll
A cult? Not yet, but quite likely one in the making. While cults largely have negative connotations, some can be fun, interesting and down right pleasurable. Dave Phinney, the personality and creator behind Orin Swift, is best known for his flagship wine The Prisoner. Nobody really knew what was in it, but it sure tasted good. It took a little prodding to get people to try a mysterious blend of unknown content and origin, but once they did, it broke free of its proverbial chains and has become a household name in many circles. Shortly thereafter we were introduced to Papillon and Mercury Head, two brilliantly assembled and well thought out stately reds that continue to sell out at record pace. Each of these limited wines garner high demand and each project Mr. Phinney touches becomes another phenomenon. Such is his newest, slightly macabre but infinitely enticing, Machete. Blended from some of California’s finest and most respected vineyards, it is inspired by his passion for the Pyrénées-Orientales, deep in the south of France. Petite Sirah, Grenache, and Syrah intermingle to slash the stereotypical sweet cherry berry flavors and offer edgy blackberry, spice, cedar, and smokey flavors that continue to deliver and develop. Machete is perhaps one of the most interesting wines from Orin Swift to date, and is worth a taste before it’s cut from our inventory. Like all Dave’s creations, it won’t be around for long.