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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...

            1. The Papillon is amazing. I LOVE Orin Swift! Abstract and D66 is fabulous too!

              1. We have had Papillon several times, and have enjoyed it. Most of our tastings were with Hawaiian food, so possibly not the ultimate pairings, but we still enjoyed it, each time.

                I feel the same for all of Swift's portfolio, and especially The Prisoner. Unfortunately, though, some restaurants mark it up about 800%, and I am not sure why?


                1. I can't recall a Dave Phinney wine I haven't appreciated. He's a very creative winemaker and marketer. Look inside the punt of Papillon if you're not sure what I mean by that.

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                  1. re: Midlife

                    Dang, I have never looked - now I have to go find a bottle of the Papillon, just to see what you are talking about - sort of like an "Easter egg" in your software.


                    1. re: Bill Hunt

                      Bill, In case you can't find a bottle, there is a raised outline of a butterfly inside ........at the bottom (or is it top?) of the punt. Phinney was't satisfied with just the embossed butterfly on the top of the foil. [For those who may not be aware....... papillon is the French word for butterfly, although the image on the label makes one think Steve McQueen.]

                      Another example is the Mercury head dime embedded as the sole embellishment on the front of his Mercury Head Cab.

                      1. re: Midlife

                        Had Papillon about 2 weeks ago. Loved it. Haven't had an Orin Swift I never liked. I need to buy another bottle of it!

                        1. re: Midlife

                          Thank you. I had actually forgotten Steve McQueen's role in the motion picture, and thought Dustin Hoffman. How quickly we forget.



                          1. re: Bill Hunt

                            Easy to do, Bill -- they both starred in the film, which was made in 1973 . . . but the Steve McQueen character was "Papillon."

                            1. re: zin1953

                              Amazing how one's "older" memory fades. Had you asked the question, in some quiz show, I would have blown it, as I would have picked Hoffman.

                              Such is life... and never get old.


                              1. re: Bill Hunt

                                "The devil knows more because he is old, than because he is the devil." It is meant to underscore the significance of wisdom derived from age and life experience


                                1. re: RicRios


                                  Guess that this proves that I am NOT the Devil...


                                  1. re: Bill Hunt

                                    You can't fool us CHers. We know you're really Keyser Soze......


                    2. I was fortunate to share a bottle of the ’09 at Christmas Eve dinner. It paired well with the crown roast of pork. The Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the blend with some deep blackberry and mint notes. Tannins were apparent but smooth with a lingering finish. Though it is a little high in alcohol for my taste, I thought is was delicious.