Abstract, Orin Swift
USA – 2017
Tasting Note: Abstract is a blend of Grenache, Petite Syrah, and Syrah grapes from all over Northern California. It's quirky label and bold style have propelled this wine into cult status. This wine is bursting with juicy red and dark fruits including raspberries, dark plums and cranberries. On the palate, the wine is voluptuous in body, incredibly smooth with similar fruit notes and a touch of sweet vanilla.
Food Matching: A big wine such as this need something meaty. Try a seared Ribeye or roasted lamb.
Vineyard: Owner Dave Phinney sources grapes from over 100 sites in Napa Valley, Sonoma and Mendocino mainly from hillside locations. Phinney’s philosophy is simple: to find the best grapes he can get his hands on, let them hang long enough to become perfectly ripe, then express their character in the boldest way possible.
Vinification: The individual plots and varieties are fermented separately, before carefully being assembled together to create the final blend. The wine is then aged for 10 months in a combination of new and seasoned French Oak of which 35% was new oak.
Awards and Press News: Robert Parker: 90 points, March 2018
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