Orin Swift 'Papillon' Red Wine 2019, Napa Valley, California

2019 Vintage – A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec, & Cabernet Franc. Aged 13 months in French oak barrels, 47% new. Making its debut with the 2005 vintage, Papillon is coined from the French word for butterfly. The genesis of the brand name stems from a vineyard visit that winemaker Dave Phinney took with his daughter. While surveying vines, she spotted a butterfly and applied her French language classes appropriately. The name stuck and a new wine was born. Fruit is meticulously sourced from some of the most famed appellations, including Howell Mountain, Rutherford, Oakville, and Saint Helena. Stagecoach, Taplin and Morisoli vineyards headline the union of these distinct components. As always the label is an image of 3rd generation Napa Valley grape grower Vince Tofanellii’s hands, taken by world famous photographer, Greg Gorman. “The 2019 Papillon pours a neon crimson and settles into a dark core with a ruby rim – crimson through and through. Aromatically, the wine opens with powerful notes of blackberry, kirsch, coastal sagebrush and evolves into ripe pluot and roasted fig. An enveloping entry of grandeur, the palate reveals a more elegant side of the wine: black plum, blackcurrant, toffee and trace hints of sweet red vermouth, muddled mint, and orange peel. Polished, balanced and with an imagined sweetness, the wine closes with ripe but firm tannin and a mild drying character, capable of converting even the staunchest of Bordeaux-philes
” – From the winery