A bit oaky on the nose. Nice long flavor profile. Went well with Blue Cheese. Good acid.
91 points. The nose opens with spiced cranberry and tart bing cherry. There is a good amount of pepper and a deep, rich, earthy component. The terroir on this wine is quite impressive, and it shows black stone, and volcanic soil tones with deep dark herbal tones and the faintest touch of leaves. The palate is silky and very delicately spiced. This is not one of those over the top zinfandels that topple over the palate with excessive alcohol. It’s incredibly refined and smooth with a certain Old World lightness and bright acidity. There are rich flavors of red plum and cherry, with a slightly leafy component, soft wildflower tones, and a good amount of earth. The fruit is ripe and plush, while the tannins still maintain a firm, caressing grip. This wine has excellent control over its alcohol and the structure is exceptional. A very well done effort, with nice complexity and a lingering coffee toned finish, this proves that Zinfandels have the capability to be more than just big, jammy wines to enjoy at a backyard barbeque. Nicely done and excellently priced, a wine well 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/ )
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'' GRACIEUX COMME UN PAPILLON... GRACEFUL AS A BUTTERFLY ''
- Tasted at Wine Spectator New World Wine Experience 2010
External Reviews for Orin Swift Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Papillon
Arriving early May 2012!Napa Valley, CaliforniaOrin Swift Papillon is a beautiful Napa Valley red blend from gifted winemaker Dave Phinney. Owner of Orin Swift Cellars, Dave Phinney has come a long way since beginning his winemaking career with 2 tons of purchased Zinfandel grapes just a year out of college in 1998! Following big successes with wines such as Papillon and The Prisoner, Phinney has launched several new labels in recent vintages, including Abstract and Palermo. Grapes for this vintage of Papillon were sourced from Howell Mountain, Saint Helena, Rutherford, and Oakville to gain better complexity and structure. Many of the same vineyards that created this wine in previous vintages are here again; Taplin, Lewelling, Moorhead, Ink Grade, Morisoli, and Sommerston to name a few. A blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot that is aged for 16 months in French oak.Papillon has a deep red color with a garnet hue that is almost black. The aromas are of classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon with cedar box, rose petal and hints of soft French oak. The entry is subtle ripe raspberry and boysenberry. Loads of cherry, plum and intense cassis frame long chains of soft tannins that form a long and lingering finish.Enjoy Orin Swift Papillon with steak, lamb chops, BBQ ribs, grilled vegetables and aged cheeses.
The wine has a very dense garnet hue with a slight stain of cardinal on the rim. Aromas of plum and cassis are built around soft French oak and cedar box nuances. The entry is intense, yet elegant with loads of boysenberry and dark fruit flavors. Well integrated tannin chains provide for a long, soft finish.78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc 2% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot Orin Swift Website
A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2009 Orin Swift Papillon 750ml
This intense, vibrant red delivers a firm, tannic mix of rich dried berry, fresh earth, crushed rock and roasted herb flavors, gaining depth and holding its focus. Ends with raw, chewy tannins. Needs time. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Best from 2014 through 2024.
Ruby red with notes of campfire, toast and sweet vanilla. On the palate - wild strawberry, rhubarb, and sassafras. And the finish - 30 plus seconds with an impression of cherry pie.
Food Pairings for Orin Swift Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Papillon
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