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Orin Swift Papillon 2013

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A dense shade of crimson red coats the sides of the glass. Subtle aromas of cedar wood and rose petals mingle with hints of well-seasoned oak. The entry of the wine is seamless and prepares the taster for a broad mid palate saturated with ripe cherry and dark chocolate. The wine finishes with broad and rich tannins that linger on for nearly a minute.
Category Red Wine
Varietals
Country California
Region Napa Valley
Brand Orin Swift
Alcohol/vol 15.1%
  • wa95

Wine AdvocateThe 2013 Papillon Proprietary Red is 100% from Napa and is a Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. This killer wine has an inky purple color and offers notes of espresso roast intermixed with white chocolate, creme de cassis, blackberry and a touch of toasty oak. The wine was aged 16 months in French oak, of which 40% was new. Broad and opulent, with great intensity, purity and depth, this is another stunner from Dave Phinney, a.k.a. Orin Swift. Dave Phinney, better known for his winery called Orin Swift, is one of the more creative young minds in all of the world's winedom. He is doing things that are far beyond his modest age and deserves to be commended for the brilliant individuality/singularity of all of his efforts

Robert Parker, October 2015
  • ws89

Wine SpectatorBordering on jammy, this is bold, rich and focused on a powerful expression of dusty black licorice and dark berry flavors, with cedar and loamy earth notes joining in. Full-bodied tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2024.

James Laube, June 15, 2016