Dave Phinney, mastermind California winemaker and founder of Orin Swift Cellars, has established himself as one of the wine icons of our time—and the wines are better than ever. After selling The Prisoner brand in 2008, we all wondered what would come next from this wine visionary. Several passion projects followed: labels like ‘8 Years in the Desert,’ ‘Papillon,’ and ‘Machete’ demonstrated that Phinney’s expertise in crafting bold, luscious California wines remains his greatest claim to fame. Today we are proud to present Phinney’s 2019 ‘Slander,’ 100% Pinot Noir sourced from Sta. Rita Hills in California’s Central Coast and other prominent vineyards throughout the state, such as Annapolis Ridge vineyard on the Sonoma Coast and Del Rio vineyard in Russian River Valley. The energetic, finessed wine perfectly combines decadent flavors of sweet cherry, cranberry, milk chocolate, and baking spice. The silken tannins and lasting finish make this a must-have for lovers of bold California reds. Act now to take advantage of special pricing up to 20% off! 


The Orin Swift team had been making Pinot Noir for ten years before the first bottling of ‘Slander’ label in 2015. Dedicated to their goal of expressing true Pinot Noir character, the team refused to accept anything less. As Phinney explains, his drive comes from a commitment “to become better at what you do every single day” (Forbes). All vintages since 2015 have received 90+ point scores from Wine Advocate, and while the 2019 hasn’t been reviewed as of this writing, it continues the trend of excellence. 


The 2019 ‘Slander’ aged for eight months in 50% new French oak, so while the delicate vanilla and spice notes certainly carry through, the purity and brightness of the fruit remains the star. Like all of Phinney’s projects, the bottle’s label is art in itself. Meant to look like a piece of Duct tape wrapped around the bottle, the label is “a nod to how we used to label barrel and tank samples back in the day” (Orin Swift). As we noted with our previous 8 Years in the Desert offer, Phinney’s approach to winemaking seems akin to that of an artist, and these bold, captivating labels reflect the bold, captivating wine within the bottle—a musing that certainly holds true with ‘Slander’ as well. Secure your order today before the wine hits stores and prices go up!



*Offer NOT valid in-store. This offer is made pre-arrival, with wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in Summer. All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More and ONLY valid through Concierge Sales. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Offer not valid in CO, NY, TN, or WI. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Sunday, February 28, 2021.