Orin Swift Cellars Papillon 2019
A tale of juxtapositions, Papillon opens the door to any wine drinker. Orin Swift Cellars Papillon is a prime example of Orin Swift's house style: accessible, massive and memorable. The bottle empties quickly, leading to slight disappointment, and the search for another bottle ensues.
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.
A Bordeaux-style red blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Merlot. It's hard to find a blend that comprises of all these five varietals. The quality grapes come from long-time growers on both the Napa Valley floor and surrounding hillsides.
Aging for 15 months in French oak, 43% new.
Top Tip: Decant an hour before serving.