New York Wine Exchange USD 62.99 750ml

Orin Swift Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Papillon 2005

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TASTES? We just sampled this exciting new wine and proclaim it to be a true thriller for tonight or anytime over the next 5 years. Rich and savory, this Cabernet blend (63% CS, 19% Merlot, 9% Cab Franc, 7% Petite Verdot, and 2% Malbec) glides lightly across your palate and features soft layers of dark cherry, ripe sweet plums, anise, toffee, cocoa, rich smoky oak and a hint of truffles on the luscious finish. PAPILLON NAME ? Dave has always been fond of the movie in 1973 (starring Steve McQueen) and Dave�s daughter Angelina has always called butterflies �papillons� (French class). LABEL ART? The label is a black and white photo of vineyard owner Vince Tofanelli's hands with PAPILLON tatooed on his knuckles. The photo was taken by Greg Gorman, a VERY famous photographer. Greg has been a long time fan of Dave's wines and wanted to work with him.

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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

Member Reviews for Orin Swift Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Papillon

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Snooth User: Daniel Petroski
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05/06/2008

Wildly attractive packaging The 5.4 lb bottle is 62% Cabernet, 19% Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot to finish. The gravitas of the packaging outshines the wine. (I need to taste it again from a brown paper bag to give it its full due.)


Snooth User: jkagel
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4.00 5
03/06/2009

Deep red in color, almost black. Blck cherry, leaves, and spices on the nose. Smooth from start to finish, dark fruit with hits of licorice and light tannin. Very well balanced. (3/2009)


Snooth User: pammmieann
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5.00 5
09/18/2008

I went to a wine tasting. This was offered due to what I was describing that I liked. It was awesome! Full bodied and delicious. I have yet to open the bottle I bought but I am really looking forward to it!


Snooth User: monleal
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5.00 5
05/17/2010

This is a great wine.


Snooth User: otismartin
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4.50 5
08/11/2008

I love this wine!


Snooth User: Jared Lee
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5.00 5
07/22/2011

I can't realy say enough about this bottle. From the second you put your nose in the glass you'll understand. Rich, deep concentraition on the fruit. Bing cherry, cracked black pepper, and licorice flavors dominate. This proving once again that Orin Swift Cellars can do no wrong.


Snooth User: dudleyemmert
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0.00 5
05/20/2009

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External Reviews for Orin Swift Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Papillon

External Review
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesThe newest wine in out portfolio. We utliize the finest fruit from the best sources in Napa Valley to comprise the inaugral blend. It is as follows: 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, 7% Malbec, 2% Petite Verdot. As impressive as the wine is, so is the artwork. The label is a photo taken by world renowned photographer and wine lover, Greg Gorman.


External Review
03/23/2009

The new release of Orin Swift's Bordeaux blend - cab, merlot, cab franc, petite verdot, malbec - this new wine is as sleek as the ship from the Count of Monte Cristo, after which the winery is named. Simply fabulous.


External Review
08/01/2008

Proprietor Dave Phinney is famous for his Zin/Cabernet blend call The Prisoner. Papillon (butterfly) is his first Bordeaux blend and a brilliant synthesis of Napa richness with Bordeaux complexity and restraint. Highly recommended.



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TASTES? We just sampled this exciting new wine and proclaim it to be a true thriller for tonight or anytime over the next 5 years. Rich and savory, this Cabernet blend (63% CS, 19% Merlot, 9% Cab Franc, 7% Petite Verdot, and 2% Malbec) glides lightly across your palate and features soft layers of dark cherry, ripe sweet plums, anise, toffee, cocoa, rich smoky oak and a hint of truffles on the luscious finish. PAPILLON NAME ? Dave has always been fond of the movie in 1973 (starring Steve McQueen) and Dave�s daughter Angelina has always called butterflies �papillons� (French class). LABEL ART? The label is a black and white photo of vineyard owner Vince Tofanelli's hands with PAPILLON tatooed on his knuckles. The photo was taken by Greg Gorman, a VERY famous photographer. Greg has been a long time fan of Dave's wines and wanted to work with him.

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