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Mar 7, 2008 03:24 PM

Orin Swift Papillon

Has anyone had a chance to try this yet? I have enjoyed about every vintage of The Prisoner I have had, and have heard good things about their Cab although I have never had the pleasure.

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  1. Just in case, a few inches down there's another thread on another Orin ( somehow, I can't avoid a giggle at the name; sorry! )

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    1. haven't yet tried it but it sure has a great label!

      1. We had this wine Saturday night with grilled bone-in NY strips. The wine is a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, 7% Malbec, 2% Petite Verdot from Napa Valley and has 15.1 % ABV according to the label.

        I enjoyed the wine and found it well made and well balanced. Tasted it straight from the bottle, and decided to decant for approximately an hour. The wine really opened up nicely in this time. It is a lush wine with lots of fruit: blackberry, cherry and cocao (and possibly others) notes. Dark purple color, full bodied and a long finish.

        I would buy it again.

        1. Had this last week with steaks. It was one of the better matches. Really full and fruity. Very jammy. This wine will last at least 10 years.

          1. We bought a case at their offices in St. Helena. You can send them an email and make an appointment. What a great group of people. Very friendly. The label is one of the vinyard workers hands. The letters were written on his hand with a washable marker. Very cool label. Aromas of chocolate on the nose when opened. Very fruit forward with notes of cherry, cassis from the Cabernet, velvety smooth long finish with almost no tanins. Great with beef or lamb. If you love this one then you have to try their Mercury Head - wow...