Marriage Party Part 2: Orin Swift’s Experiment in Maury
Orin Swift Others 2009
Vin de Pays
Cötes du Catálanes
As a gift to my Brother Dave and his new wife Ari, I decided to bust out a bottle of Orin Swift “Others”. It is the second bottling of winemaker Dave Phinney’s Maury property in the south of France (the top bottling, D-66 is about $40). He sold his Prisoner label to finance his purchase of vineyards in Maury simply because he believes so fiercely in its potential. Prisoner is a huge seller, and at $35+ a bottle in undoubtedly making a fortune for its new owners.
The wines of Orin Swift are very fruit driven, but contain an opulence and complexity that hints at something more subtle and refined. Generally full bodied, these wines benefit greatly from patience, and command it at such prices. Perhaps Others is exceptional among Swift wines in that it is less than $20, this particular bottle was $17, and sadly is generally sold out within days of arrival. Keep your eyes peeled.
Also sadly within 30 minutes of opening, this bottle was dry and all its powerful contents hurtling through the blood streams of my friends and family.
Later I read that it demands a 5 hour decanting process before really showing its colors. Curses! I should be more patient but alas it was still delicious.
The fruit was a bit closed. Showing dark blackberry and cooked black cherry flavors. A savory, toasted midpalate evoked bacon fat and led into a velvety tannic finish. The wine is delightful, but perhaps more serious than Phinney’s pop-and-pour California creations. I highly recommend a long decant with the Maury wines, and perhaps a re evaluation of the Prisoner, Saldo, Palermo, and Abstract.
Composed principally of Grenache.
88-90 points. A great wine.