The spirit of Palermo resides in an allegorical catacomb that stands to honor the past, cloaked in deference to the vine, and strives to artfully frame what the harvest yields every year. Orin Swift has carefully assembled a diverse network of vineyards to work with. Palermo is a result incarnate from the flagship Cabernet Sauvignon program, which includes Mercury Head and Papillon. The wine represents years of experimentation with different lots, varying grape maturity levels, complex French cooperage programs, and some proprietary intuition. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Cabernet Franc. Aged 12 months in French oak, 38% new. A seamless assortment of classic Napa Cabernet aromas exude from the glass – cassis, black cherries, chaparral and a touch of intriguing butterscotch. On the palate, the wine is tastefully expressive with ripe raspberry, crème caramel, bay leaf and two types of currants – red and black. Carrying its own weight through the finish, the wines prominent tannins will soften over time.