Orin Swift Papillon Napa Valley Red Wine 2016

California
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£61.95 per bottle
25 in stock

An inky, dark garnet sits in the glass with bursting aromatics even from afar—ripe blackcurrant and blackberry with hints of Kirsch, Madagascar vanilla and cigar box. Velvety and rich on entry and through the mid, the wine offers flavors of dark plum, blueberry and notes of fennel, fresh leather and a subtle minerality. Plush, layered and dense, the wine finishes with dusty tannins and a lingering touch of black cherry.

The Label

My daughter was about 3 years old and I was walking through the vineyard with her on my shoulders. A butterfly flew by and she pointed and said, "Look, Dad, Papillon." I was like, wow when did you learn French? I had been thinking about my next label and I knew I wanted a prison style tattoo on somebody's knuckles. It clicked. Papillon is eight letters. I love the juxtaposition of this beautiful French word on these really gritty hands. I got one of our growers to be our hand model. He's one of the nicest guys and an old-school farmer, and we wanted that farmer's hands look. The photograph was taken by Greg Gorman, who shares my passion for wine.

The Wine

Papillon is our Cabernet-based blend that's composed of all five Bordeaux varieties. The goal was to incorporate all the majesty of Cabernet Sauvignon with the subtleties of Cabernet Franc and Merlot and the power of Petit Verdot and Malbec.

Dave Phinney (Winemaker)

Taste & Aroma

An inky, dark garnet sits in the glass with bursting aromatics even from afar—ripe blackcurrant and blackberry with hints of Kirsch, Madagascar vanilla and cigar box. Velvety and rich on entry and through the mid, the wine offers flavors of dark plum, blueberry and notes of fennel, fresh leather and a subtle minerality. Plush, layered and dense, the wine finishes with dusty tannins and a lingering touch of black cherry.

The Label

My daughter was about 3 years old and I was walking through the vineyard with her on my shoulders. A butterfly flew by and she pointed and said, "Look, Dad, Papillon." I was like, wow when did you learn French? I had been thinking about my next label and I knew I wanted a prison style tattoo on somebody's knuckles. It clicked. Papillon is eight letters. I love the juxtaposition of this beautiful French word on these really gritty hands. I got one of our growers to be our hand model. He's one of the nicest guys and an old-school farmer, and we wanted that farmer's hands look. The photograph was taken by Greg Gorman, who shares my passion for wine.

The Wine

Papillon is our Cabernet-based blend that's composed of all five Bordeaux varieties. The goal was to incorporate all the majesty of Cabernet Sauvignon with the subtleties of Cabernet Franc and Merlot and the power of Petit Verdot and Malbec.

Dave Phinney (Winemaker)

Producer

Orin Swift Cellars are an incredibly exciting and creative winery to work with. In short, the brilliance of the wines, creativeness and unparalleled blending talents have built an incredible portfolio with minimum words and maximum impact. Every wine is carefully crafted from start to finish, including the state of art labels.

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Region

California is the largest and most important wine region in the US – in fact, if California were a separate country it would be the world’s fourth largest wine producer! California stretches along the west coast of the USA meaning that soils and climates vary enormously depending on the area’s altitude, latitude and proximity to the Pacific Ocean. Generally the cooler regions closer to the coast are most suited to the growing of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, whilst further inland (where the climate is much hotter) some of California’s most famous Cabernet Sauvignon wines are grown. The famous Ridge Estate is located here and produces some of the best and most sought after wines in California. If you enjoy Chardonnay, we highly recommend you take a look at Liquid Farm Winery, whose Chardonnay’s (we believe!) rival those of Burgundy.

Glassware

Glassware

Zalto Denk-Art Bordeaux Glass

For wines full of character and high in tannins. Accentuates potency, concentration, extract and tannins.

Ideal for: Bordeaux, Pinot Noir, Rioja, Brunello, Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Shiraz, Chardonnay, Tempranillo, Zinfandel and Sangiovese.

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