Orin Swift Papillon Napa Valley 2007

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91 points California Grapevine: Medium to medium-dark ruby; attractive, forward, intense, very rich and inviting, herbal, jammy, cassis and blackberry fruit aroma with notes of sweet oak; full body; forward, rich, lush, plummy, slightly creamy, very ripe dark berry fruit flavors with a relatively smooth, velvety mouthfeel; soft, full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Precociously enjoyable to drink now. Very highly recommended. 15.1% alcohol; a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec, and 1% Cabernet Franc. (Aug/Sep 2010)

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Orin Swift Cellars:
Orin Swift Cellars is the realization of a dream that began while studying abroad at the University of Florence in Florence, Italy. Like so many other college students I was at odds with what to do upon graduation. Fortunately for me, my roommate at the time was from an old wine family in the Sonoma valley and he had a great suggestion: "Why not get into the wine business? You seem to l... Read more
Orin Swift Cellars is the realization of a dream that began while studying abroad at the University of Florence in Florence, Italy. Like so many other college students I was at odds with what to do upon graduation. Fortunately for me, my roommate at the time was from an old wine family in the Sonoma valley and he had a great suggestion: "Why not get into the wine business? You seem to like wine." In truth, I did enjoy wine and even more, I enjoyed the idea of what I perceived to be an honorable and honest profession. Having just finished an internship for a congressman the previous semester, the latter was very important to me. When I returned to the States, I tried to immerse myself in all aspects of the wine business, which is no easy task being in the middle of the desert at the University of Arizona. As luck would have it, I found a professor in the agriculture department who was also interested in growing grapes and in the spring of 1997 the University planted a one-acre experimental block in the heart of Tucson, Arizona. Equally important was the experience I gained while working at one of Tucson's finest retail wine shops learning the hardest part of the wine business, selling the stuff. A few months later, I found myself with a degree in political science working my first harvest for the Robert Mondavi Winery. I cut my teeth as the low man and only white guy on an all-Mexican nightshift. I was hooked. The next year, I started Orin Swift Cellars with two tons of purchased Zinfandel grapes and as my wife likes to say, with one pair of shoes. Over the last few years we've continued to grow, adding Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc to the program, as well as streamlining the Zinfandel into what is now our flagship wine, "The Prisoner". In addition, we recently purchased forty-eight acres of raw land in the hills above Oakville and hope to someday build a winery there. Until then, we welcome you to visit us at our newly renovated offices and tasting room located in the heart of downtown St. Helena at the historic Odd Fellows Lodge. From all of us at Orin Swift Cellars, we thank you for your interest and hope you continue to enjoy the wines, which we proudly offer. Read less

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Snooth User: Tyler Worth
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4.50 5
01/14/2011

95 points. This wine’s aroma is extremely concentrated with deep, dark smoke and black stone aromas at first. The cloud of initial darkness gives way to bramble fruit, rose vines, and exceptional dark fruit tones. There is an impression of sea fog, blueberry preserves, cigar wrappers, and the softest touch of cacao powder. The palate opens with incredible smoothness and unbelievable deep violet and blueberry tones, accented by lavender, berry and plum preserves, dark wild honey, and black stone. There is a touch of tobacco, an herbal note, and the softest note of pine needles toward the finish. I have only given one other wine (The Royal Tokaji Company’s 5 Puttonyos Tokaji) a score this high, and a wine really needs to be exceptional for me to do so. Mercury Head is the most deserving Napa Valley Cabernet I have encountered yet (and it was up against the likes of both big names like Cakebread and Caymus, as well as smaller boutique producers like Alpha Omega.) Its excellent plushness, combined with its exceptional depth of earth, fruit, and floral tones on every layer of its being, in addition to its amazing concentration, Mercury Head truly is fantastic. Probably the best buy in the Napa Valley at just under $80, this is without a doubt worth buying. Source: What's Worth Drinking: Post #30: Orin Swift Tasting Part 2 ( http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2010/06/18/post-30-orin-swift-tasting-part-2/ )



91 points California Grapevine: Medium to medium-dark ruby; attractive, forward, intense, very rich and inviting, herbal, jammy, cassis and blackberry fruit aroma with notes of sweet oak; full body; forward, rich, lush, plummy, slightly creamy, very ripe dark berry fruit flavors with a relatively smooth, velvety mouthfeel; soft, full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Precociously enjoyable to drink now. Very highly recommended. 15.1% alcohol; a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec, and 1% Cabernet Franc. (Aug/Sep 2010)

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