2014 Orin Swift Palermo Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, California
Parker 91 points. Very limited!
Orin Swift Palermo is a gorgeous Napa Valley Cab from gifted winemaker Dave Phinney. Owner of Orin Swift Cellars, Dave Phinney has come a long way since beginning his winemaking career with 2 tons of purchased Zinfandel grapes just a year out of college in 1998! Following big successes with wines such as Papillon and The Prisoner, Phinney has launched several new labels in recent vintages, including Abstract and Palermo. Palermo Cabernet Sauvignon is made from the excess grapes purchased to blend Mercury Head and Papillon, so this wine is a tremendous value. Robert Parker scored the 2014 vintage 91 points, giving it a drinking window of 2016-2031!
Orin Swift Palermo Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc from well-drained hillside vineyards in the Napa Valley. Multidimensional aromatics of cassis, currant, mulled dark fruits, and toasty barrique oak perfume the glass. Opulent and rich, the wine explodes with concentrated flavors of black cherry, ripe boysenberry, assorted dark fruits, kirsch, and a top note of dark roasted espresso. A persuasive mid palate persists with freshness and closes with supportive tannins that are velvety and polished. This wine is amazing now and has another 10-15 years to cellar. Aged for 10 months in French oak, 35% new. 15.5% alc.
Enjoy Orin Swift Palermo Cabernet Sauvignon with steak, lamb chops, BBQ ribs, grilled vegetables and aged cheeses.
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