With some of the more captivating labels on the market Orin Swift wines are an instant draw for consumers perusing the retail aisles of their local wine stores. Labels can be deceiving though and often it’s better to approach distinctive eye catching labels with skepticism rather than unfettered optimism. That said, Orin Swift’s “Mannequin” is a wine we’ve found to be completely enticing beyond the label and through multiple vintages.
A unique California blend of mostly Chardonnay along with smatterings of Viognier, Marsanne, Grenache Blanc, Muscat, and Roussanne the wine is hardly recognizable to most American palates. Yet it delivers subtle and passionate sophistication beyond its price tag, making for an impressive mid-range value wine.
Here’s my complete review:
2013 Orin Swift Mannequin (15.5% alc)
Yellow straw in color, the wine opens with buttery toastiness and touches of aromatics like pear, marcona almonds, apples, oak, orange peel, and fig. Rich, weighty, and smooth on the palate with a vibrant balanced integration of acidity apple, quince, and a sweet baking spices finishing with acidity of citrus and pineapple. Alcohol is less integrated than previous vintages, but aging should rectify this minor deficiency in an otherwise supreme wine.
Retails around $30 and recommended for Chardonnay and mid-higher end wine enthusiasts.
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