|Region||California, Napa Valley|
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Orin Swift Mercury Head wine is introduced with rich primary aromatics of cassis, blueberry, and black cherry, complemented with hints of lavender, chaparral, and sandalwood. The entry is brawny with ripe blackberry and boysenberry that transitions to a nuanced mid-palate of dark toffee and espresso bean. Integrated tannins that will soften over time lead to a finish of soft rhubarb and licorice.
Aged 18 months in 53% new French oak, the deep garnet-purple-colored 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Mercury Head delivers expressive notes of blackcurrant pastilles, preserved plums, and chocolate-covered cherries with hints of eucalyptus, cigar box, and fragrant earth.
Full-bodied with a firm frame of ripe, grainy tannins and a refreshing line, it has a fantastic core of expressive fruit, finishing long and minty.
Features an ample core of dark currant and mulled boysenberry fruit, inlaid with light mint, sweet tobacco and anise notes. A subtle cedar accent shows on the rich finish. Drink now through 2026.
Orin Swift Mercury Head wine opens with a nose brimming of ripe boysenberry and cassis, complemented by hints of cigar box, fir, and graphite. Full-bodied on entry, the luscious palate is full of ripe cherry and a touch of blackberry with elegant traces of sage. It closes with a satiating finish that is long and textured, supported by ample red berries and soft, dusty tannins.
Orin Swift is the moniker of Dave Phinney, a maverick winemaker known for his provocative label designs and unabashedly hedonistic style. Mercury Head is Phinney’s entry into the world of premium Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, combining fruit from the prized microclimates of Rutherford, St. Helena, and Atlas Peak.