2013 Orin Swift "Papillon" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 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. (RP)
Bordering 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. 15,000 cases made. (JL, Web-2016)
Papillon is Orin Swift's Bordeaux Blend, with Cabernet Sauvignon complemented by Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec, and Cabernet Franc. Grapes are sourced from Napa Valleys sub-appellations Oakville, Rutherford, and Howell Mountain, including top vineyards such as Stagecoach and Morisoli. The 2013 vintage shows a dense shade of crimson red, according to the winery's notes: "...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."