Orin Swift, Papillion, Bordeaux Red Blend, Napa Valley, 2018, Magnum
| ABV 15%
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Paying respect to the Bordeaux varietals that made the Napa Valley what it is today, Papillon is Orin Swift’s inimitable take on the classic five-varietal blend. Rich, lush and decadent, they strive to make the wine bipolar—big and brawny but also nuanced and delicate. Much like the label, the liquid presents numerous juxtapositions; the entry hits you in the face with ripe fruit while the mid-palate presents an elegant, structured counterpoint. Plush, layered and dense, the wine finishes with dusty tannins and a lingering touch of black cherry. Quality vineyards from across the Napa Valley, including fruit from the Atlas Peak and St. Helena AVAs, encompass the blend.