Orin Swift Cellars "Papillon" Cabernet Sauvignon 2021 (Napa Valley, California) - [TWI 94] [WA 91-93]
Orin Swift Cellars "Papillon" Cabernet Sauvignon 2021 (Napa Valley, California) - [TWI 94] [WA 91-93]
Orin Swift Cellars "Papillon" Cabernet Sauvignon 2021 (Napa Valley, California) - [TWI 94] [WA 91-93]

Orin Swift Cellars "Papillon" Cabernet Sauvignon 2021
(Napa Valley, California) - [TWI 94] [WA 91-93]

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About the Winery:
Orin Swift Cellars was founded by David in 1998: Orin is his father's middle name and Swift is his mother's maiden name. With two tons of zinfandel and not much else, he spent the next decade making wine for others as well as himself and grew the company into a multi-national brand that now includes 300 acres of vineyards in the Southwest of France. This international ambition has led to projects in Spain, Italy, Corsica, Argentina and other locations around the globe. In 2016, Orin Swift (the brand, remaining inventory and the tasting room in St. Helena) was purchased by E. & J. Gallo Winery. Founder Dave Phinney continues to be involved in a consulting role.

Notes from the Winemaker:
A tale of juxtapositions, Papillon opens the door to any wine drinker—seasoned or raw—of the possibilities of a five-varietal Bordeaux-blend. A weathered pair of farm hands and the image of a fragile butterfly extend to the wine itself—delicate yet brawny, nuance but bold. Difficult to find in the Napa Valley, we source and ferment the different varietals to our house style: ripe, lush, accessible and with very soft tannins. A mélange of fruit from across the Valley, from Atlas Peak to the gravelly-rich soils of St. Helena and Rutherford, we were able to produce a true Bordeaux-blend but perhaps requires a rethinking of the phrase to simply, Orin Swift’s Papillon.

Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Merlot
15.6% Alc. by volume
Aged for 15 months in French Oak, 52% new

Ratings & Reviews


94 Points - The Wine Independent:
The 2021 Papillon, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot, and Petit Verdot, is deep garnet-purple in color. After a little coaxing, it offers notes of plum preserves, warm cassis, and baked black cherries followed by suggestions of black pepper, tree bark, and menthol. The full-bodied palate is packed with black fruit preserves, with a velvety texture and a refreshing lift on the finish. Drink 2024-2042

91-93 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
*Barrel Sample* "Still not bottled at the time I tasted it, the 2021 Papillon Red Wine is a five-variety Bordeaux blend (Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot) that spends 13 months in 44% new oak. It offers up bold cherry and cassis aromas on the nose, while the palate is full-bodied and velvety, with a long, almost zesty finish. Drink 2024 - 2035.

Despite having sold the Orin Swift brand to Gallo in 2016, founder and winemaker Dave Phinney remains deeply involved, pointing out that Gallo's distribution clout has let him focus more on the vineyards and winemaking. "The easiest way to build complexity is through geographic diversity," Phinney said as we dug into the wines in February. "It's Important that all the wines have their own personality," he added. That said, Phinney's stylistic imprint is on all these wines, which exude big, ripe fruit. If it is tart, lean wines you favor, you have been warned." – JC (May 2023)