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Orin Swift Mercury Head 2015

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The Orin Swift Mercury Head is an iconic Californian red wine made predominately from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. All the Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon picked is treated in the cellar as a Mercury Head candidate. Yet, year after year, a few lots from the Rutherford, St. Helena and Atlas Peak AVAs always outshine the rest in terms of complexity, structure and overall quality.

Comprised of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Morisoli vineyard in Rutherford, the Lewelling, Milat and Taplin vineyards in St. Helena, and the prestigious Stagecoach vineyard and the nearby Edcora property on Atlas Peak, this vintage of Mercury Head brings together prized microclimates of the Napa Valley.

Aged for 18 months in French oak (50% new), the wine opens with a nose brimming of ripe boysenberry and cassis, complemented by hints of cigar box, fir and graphite. Full-bodied on entry, the luscious palate is full of ripe cherry and a touch of blackberry with elegant traces of sage. It closes with a satiating finish that is long and textured, supported by ample red berries and soft, dusty tannins.