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Orin Swift Papillon 2015

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Paying respect to the Bordeaux varietals that made the Napa Valley what it is today, Orin Swift's Papillon is their take on the classic five-varietal red wine blend. Rich, lush and decadent, Orin strive to make the wine big and brawny but also nuanced and delicate. Much like the label, the wine presents numerous juxtapositions; at one moment the entry hits you in the face with ripe fruit while the mid-palate presents an elegant counter. Quality vineyards from across the Napa Valley, including fruit from the Atlas Peak and St. Helena AVAs, encompass the blend. The label is a photograph taken by good friend and fellow winemaker, Greg Gorman.

Aged for 16 months in French Oak(40% new) Papillon opens with powerful aromatics of cassis, ripe boysenberry, and chaparral with hints of graphite, sage, fire -roasted meats and fresh brioche. The entry floods the palate with ripe dark fruit flavours of blackberry and black cherries as well as fresh minerality and a touch of crème de menthe. With traces of tannin, the wine finishes with a lingering sweet liquorice and a smooth acidity.