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ORIN SWIFT 11 PAPILLON
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Bottle Size: 750ml
$64.95
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ORIN SWIFT 2011 PROPRIETARY RED "PAPILLON" NAPA VALLEY 750mL

Since 2005, Orin Swift has been making a Cabernet Sauvignon blend named Papillon. French for "butterfly," the brand name was hatched by winemaker Dave Phinney's daughter during a vineyard survey. At the time, she was studying French and correctly pointed one out "en Francais" as it flew by, and the name stuck. Famed appellations were once again drawn upon to include Oakville, St. Helena, Rutherford, and Howell Mountain. Of note, Stagecoach, Morisoli, and Taplin vineyards are featured in the blend which provides it's unique mark; not unlike those of the label's hand model Vine Tofanelli - a third generation grape grower as well as friend. Captured by the renowned photographer Greg Gorman, Papillon is Orin Swift's best expression of what a Bordeaux blend should be.

A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, and 1% Malbec, the wine casts a dark shade of crimson with a tinge of magenta on the rim of the glass. Classic aromas of currant, cassis, and plum are instantly present along with soft French oak notes and some cedar box accents. Rich and opulent, flavors of Bing cherry, ripe blackberry, mocha, espresso, and black licorice welcome the palate. The density and concentration is succeeded with round and silky tannins providing an incredibly long finish.
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