drinkable but not outstanding...dosappointed in lack of fruitiness
Dave Phinney founded Orin Swift Cellars in 1998, but it wasn’t until 2000 that the success of the prisoner, a zinfandel blend, enabled dave to focus on Orin Swift Cellars full time. The mercury head, Veladora, saldo, papillon and Palermo labels soon followed, each label demonstrating dave’s intreset in art and his ability to create surprising, unconventional blends that consumers were wanting. Looking for a new wine project, dave visited maury in the roussilon region of france in 2008 after hearing about it from a friend. Amazed by the area’s potential, He made his first wine, a Grenache blend named D66, from the area in 2009.
Joet Gott started making wine in 1996 with his first vintage of Dillian Ranch, Amador county zinfandel under the Joel Gott label. His goal was to make quality, balanced wine for under $20 a part of the market he felt was under. Served Joel soon realized that the best way to do this was by blending various California appeliations, getting the best form each region, instead of focusing on a single one. He later partnered with two friends in 2001 to launch the three thieves, a wine project that allowed him to explore wine branding and packaging, and that eventually took him abroad to argentina, chile and spain to make wine for the show label, laying the groundwork for further winemaking travels.