Tales From The Cellar


Featured Winery – Orin Swift

The brain-child of David Phinney, Orin Swift winery was founded in 1998 after catching the wine bug during a trip to Florence a few years earlier, and it has steadily amassed a loyal following of discerning California wine drinkers ever since.  Initially the wines focused largely on Zinfandel but now include Cabernet Sauvignon single varietal wines and blended offerings including Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre among others.

The imagery displayed on the labeling is always refreshingly eye catching, bold and original which is mirrored in the wines themselves, leaving the taster with a lasting and unforgettable experience and clear identity of the Orin Swift philosophy.

Orin Swift wines currently on offer at Beltramo’s:

Saldo 2010 ($27.99)  is Orin Swift’s classic California Zinfandel offering.  Blended with 82% Zinfandel with the remaining balance consisting of Petite Sirah, Syrah and Grenache, this wine is packed full of berry fruits with a pleasing finish of vanilla spice and dark chocolate.

Abstract 2010 ($28.99) blends fruit from the three major grape growing regions in California; Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino. The end result is an opulent wine comprising stewed plum fruit and spiced blackberry with good acidity and a smooth finish.


The Prisoner 2011 ($37.99) comprises many of the heavier grape varieties including Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon andPetite Sirah blended harmoniously together for a deliciously dark, crimson tinged hue showing ample bing cherry, roasted fig and coffee notes; toasty oak and vanilla is persistent on the palate for a lingering experience.

The new 2011 vintage of Palermo ($34.99) has just arrived on the shelves here at Beltramo’s, a Cabernet Sauvignon dominated wine with some Merlot and Cabernet Franc.  The eighteen months of barrel aging including 30% new oak adds subtle layering and depth to the wine while still retaining a firm structure and aromas of cassis and ripe black fruits.

Papillon 2009 ($54.99) rounds out our selection of Orin Swift products with a powerhouse blend comprising all five Bordeaux varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec.  Cedar spice combines with bold berry fruits producing an intense yet elegant wine with integrated supple tannins.

If you like the idea of powerful opulence balanced with subtle layers of flavor, come down to Beltramo’s and pick up one of these great wines and get involved with the success story that is Orin Swift.

Christian B., Beltramo’s Wine Consultant

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