2017 Orin Swift 'Papillon' Proprietary Red Napa Valley

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Powerful aromatics escape the glass with rich notes of ripe blackcurrant, blackberry, peppercorn and a touch of chaparral supported by a frame of sweet oak. Intensely layered and decadent on entry, the wine exudes characteristics of black plum, boysenberry, kirsch and dark chocolate with a silky soft yet weighty texture. A prolonged finish of Provençal lavender, fig leaf and ripe currants close out the wine.

It's long been official – Dave Phinney of Orin Swift is a phenomenon. Whether it's the throngs of people we see jammed in his Saint Helena tasting room all summer long, or the constant stream of great press about his projects – not just in Napa, but around the world – this guy is on a serious roll. The fire that he sparked with The Prisoner shows no sign of abating. Phinney's genius was simply to perfect and popularize something that already had deep roots in California wine: the "mixed blacks" wine of yore—sweet-fruited, dark as night, served in a whiskey tumbler. His wines are unapologetically ripe, hedonistic, and just plain delicious. Simple as that.

Varietal:
Proprietary Red
Winemaker:
Dave Phinney
Vintage:
2017
Aging:
15 months
Oak Treatment:
French Oak; 43% new
Appellation:
Napa Valley
Total Varietal Composition %:
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot and Malbec
Alcohol %:
15.3%
SKU #:
1041429
Size:
750 ml Bottle
JS91

James Suckling

A rich, fruity red with jam, light prune and berry character. Full body, round tannins and juicy finish. Big wine. Drink now.