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Orin Swift Papillon Napa Valley 2021

15.50% /
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Vintage: 2021
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Orin Swift Papillon Napa Valley 2021, masterfully crafted by renowned winemaker Dave Phinney, is a remarkable testament to the art of blending Bordeaux-style varietals. This exquisite red wine, composed of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot, and Petit Verdot, has garnered critical acclaim, including an impressive 93 points from Wine Advocate.

Upon pouring, the Orin Swift Papillon reveals a captivating dark crimson hue with flashes of neon purple and a ruby rim, indicative of its depth and complexity. The wine’s tears move slowly down the glass, hinting at its rich texture. Aromatically, the Papillon wine opens with an inviting bouquet of boysenberry jam, complemented by the delicate floral notes of violets. The complexity deepens with undercurrents of chocolate-covered blueberry, while nuances of Cara Cara rind, graphite, and brioche add an intriguing layer of sophistication.

The palate experience of this Papillon red wine is equally impressive. The entry and mid-palate are characterized by a brightness that persists throughout, balanced by a considerable weight that speaks to its structure. Flavors of cassis and blackberry dominate, interwoven with baking spices that add warmth and depth. The Orin Swift Papillon’s texture is enveloping, featuring chalky, drying tannins that contribute to its distinguished mouthfeel.

Critically acclaimed for its bold cherry and cassis aromas and a full-bodied, velvety palate, the 2021 Papillon Red Wine finishes with a long, zestful tail. The wine’s 13 months maturation in French oak, 44% of which is new, imparts a subtle, refined oak character that complements its fruit-forward profile.

In summary, the Orin Swift Papillon Napa Valley 2021 is a brilliant expression of Napa Valley’s capability to produce Bordeaux-style blends. Its harmonious combination of varietals, expert winemaking, and careful aging results in a red wine that is not just a delight to the senses but also a reflection of the high standards and creative vision of Orin Swift Cellars.

19 reviews for Orin Swift Papillon Napa Valley 2021

  1. Michele Martin

    The vanilla and chocolate undertones in the Papillon Cabernet Sauvignon are to die for. It’s like a treat in a glass.

  2. Dwight Govea

    This Papillon red blend has a unique jam and mocha flavor. The boysenberry and black plum notes add to its richness. A great wine to buy.

  3. Brett Marett

    Orin Swift Cellars Papillon has a delightful blend of cherry, plum and leather notes. It’s an earthy wine that pairs well with dinner.

  4. Jay Ramgel

    Papillon Cabernet has a hint of pepper and cassis that makes it stand out. It’s a red wine papillon that’s perfect for special occasions.

  5. Sandra Whitson

    Orin Swift Papillon Red is a taste journey, with blueberry and black fruit notes. It’s a papillon bordeaux blend that’s truly outstanding.

  6. Adam Jefferson

    The tasting notes of dark chocolate and smoke in this Papillon Cabernet Sauvignon are unique. The cedar and raspberry flavors balance it out well. It’s an explosion of flavors.

  7. Burton Gemmill

    The Orin Swift Papillon is a delight for dark fruit lovers. It has a hint of leather and tobacco that gives it a rustic touch. The blackcurrant taste really stands out.

  8. John Burke

    The blackcurrant and black cherry blend in Orin Swift Wine Papillon is a taste sensation. Papillon Wine Price is worth every penny.

  9. Paula Diaz

    Orin Swift Papillon Red is a perfect blend of toast and fig flavors. The cheese and graphite notes add a unique complexity to the wine. A must-try for wine lovers.

  10. Olga Lloyd

    A sip of this Papillon red wine and you’ll taste a burst of black cherry and a hint of pepper. The undertones of cassis and the earthy finish make it a fine wine.

  11. Joann Pavlovic

    The smoke and cedar notes in Papillon Red Wine are perfect for a cozy night in. Orin Swift Cabernet Papillon is my perfect chill-out wine.

  12. Marvin Sallee

    The Oak and blackberry notes in the Orin Swift Papillon wine are just divine. The vanilla undertone complements the chocolate and cherry flavors perfectly.

  13. Garry Young

    Licorice and dark chocolate? Yes, please! Orin Swift Papillon Red Blend is a treat for the palate, with an earthy aftertaste.

  14. Socorro John

    The Orin Swift Cellars Papillon wine is like a symphony of blueberry and black fruit flavors. The licorice note adds to its charm. Truly a wine connoisseur’s delight.

  15. Christopher Weintraub

    The earthy tones of the Papillon Bordeaux blend are complemented by minerals. The oak and blackberry notes make it an exquisite wine. A perfect accompaniment to your meals.

  16. Florence Overstreet

    I can’t get enough of the Orin Swift Papillon. The dark fruit and tobacco undertones set it apart. It’s a papillon red blend that’s truly unique.

  17. Stephen Sparks

    I absolutely love the Orin Swift Papillon. The oak and blackberry notes are incredibly satisfying, making it my go-to red wine papillon.

  18. Shirley Campbell

    Orin Swift Cabernet Papillon has a distinct red fruit flavor. The coffee and cocoa notes give it a rich, sophisticated taste. It’s worth the Papillon wine price.

  19. William Coleman

    Raspberry and red fruit in a wine? I’m sold! The Orin Swift Papillon offers a unique taste experience that’s hard to beat.

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Critical Acclaim

WA 93
Wine Advocate
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. While not that complex, it does offer up bold cherry and cassis aromas on the nose, while the palate is full-bodied and velvety, with a long, almost zesty finish. Best After 2024

What does Orin Swift Papillon Napa Valley 2021 taste like?

Earthy Flavors of the wine

leather, earthy, smoke

Red Fruit flavors of the wine

cherry, raspberry, red fruit

Oaky Flavors of the wine

oak, vanilla, chocolate

peach, stone fruit, apple

Black Fruit Flavors of the wine

blackberry, plum, dark fruit

Aromas and Flavors of Spices in the wine

pepper, licorice, mint

Citrus notes found in the wine

orange peel, marmalade, orange

cheese, cream, oil

Vegetal notes found in the wine

grass, bell pepper, tomato

fig, raisin, prune


Floral aromas found in the wine

violet, lavender, perfume

Food Pairing with Orin Swift Papillon Napa Valley 2021

Our wine experts think this Red Wine Orin Swift Papillon Napa Valley 2021 wine would be a match made in heaven with these dishes. Bon appétit!
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Orin Swift Cellars, a distinguished winery nestled in the esteemed Napa Valley, California, has been a hallmark of pioneering winemaking since its foundation in 1998 by David Swift Phinney. The winery's name, a tribute to Phinney's middle name 'Orin' and his mother's maiden name 'Swift,' symbolizes a legacy of innovation and quality. From its beginnings in a historic bank building in downtown St. Helena, Orin Swift Cellars has evolved into a beacon of exceptional wine production, offering a plethora of tasting experiences that underscore the brand's commitment to excellence. Strategically located in one of the world's most prestigious wine regions, Orin Swift Cellars benefits from the diverse microclimates and soils of Napa Valley, enabling the cultivation of a wide array of grape...check our brand Orin Swift Cellars
Bordeaux Blend Red
The Bordeaux Red Blend is a versatile and internationally recognized wine varietal that has gained popularity among wine enthusiasts worldwide. Originating from the famous Bordeaux region in France, this blend encompasses a combination of grape varieties commonly used in Bordeaux's red wines. Although the term "Bordeaux Blend" is not an official or legal designation, it serves as a useful concept to discuss wines made in a similar style, regardless of their origin. While the term itself is not commonly seen on wine labels, it is often mentioned by wine merchants and enthusiasts to describe wines that resemble the characteristics of Bordeaux-style reds. In the United States, a similar concept is referred to as Meritage, which holds a legal definition and is a registered...Please check Bordeaux Blend Red for more information

Winemaker of Orin Swift Papillon Napa Valley 2021

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Dave Phinney

Dave Phinney stands out in the world of winemaking, not only for his exceptional skill in crafting unique wines but also for his innovative approach to branding and design. As the founder of Orin Swift Cellars, Phinney has become a notable figure in the wine industry, known for both his creative wine blends and distinctive label designs. Phinney's journey in winemaking began with his work at esteemed wineries like Robert Mondavi and Opus One in Napa Valley. These experiences laid the foundation for his understanding of the intricate processes of viticulture and winemaking. His tenure at these wineries, especially during the challenging 1998 vintage, was instrumental in shaping his approach to wine creation. In 2000, Phinney launched The Prisoner, an innovative blend of Zinfandel and... More Products
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Napa Valley AVA
Nestled an hour north of San Francisco, the Napa Valley AVA is acclaimed as a top-tier wine destination in the New World. This prestigious region, stretching 35 miles from southeast to northwest between the Vacas and Mayacamas mountain ranges, is home to some of the most esteemed vineyards globally. A scenic drive from Napa to Calistoga unveils the valley's viticultural gems, making it the best place to stay in Napa Valley for those seeking picturesque landscapes. In 1981, Napa Valley AVA earned the distinguished title of being California’s first American Viticultural Area (AVA), a testament to its esteemed position in the wine world. In Napa Valley's early winemaking days, vineyards displayed a mosaic of various grape... ...Check Region for more information

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