Zinfandel started this entire journey for Orin Swift. Two tons in ?97 that stuck and since then, it hasn’t gotten much easier. It would become a common occurrence for years because of the difficulty fermenting Zinfandel in our style; its humbling in many ways. But every year, we get better. The 2019 Zinfandel was blessed with ideal growing conditions across the state, similar to the 2018 iteration. Syrah and Petite Sirah also benefited from the growing season. Sourced from premier California growing regions, the 2019 8 Years in the Desert is a quintessential exemplar of drinkability, perceived sweetness and complexity. - Winemaker Notes
92 points - Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
"COMMENTARY: The 2019 Orin Swift Cellars 8 Years in the Dessert #3 comes to the party to stay. TASTING NOTES: This wine offers aromas and flavors of black fruit and licorice. Serve it a well-seasoned, oven-baked Porchetta. (Tasted: July 18, 2021, San Francisco, CA)"