Orin Swift

Palermo Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

9.11128 ratings
8.954 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy
Top Notes For
Sipping Fine Wine

Had this about year or so ago, saw a bottle on wine list. A blend of Cab Sauv, Merlot & Cab Franc, aged for 10 months in French oak, 35% new. Deep Ruby with ripe fruit aromas and round oak notes. On the palate flavors of blackberry & cherry with vanilla and cacao, starting to develop some leathery tones. Nice ripe soft tannins, that open easily. Long finish ending with fruit, mineral and vanilla character. Very nice should continue to drink well for next decade.

Had this about year or so ago, saw a bottle on wine list. A blend of Cab Sauv, Merlot & Cab Franc, aged for 10 months in French oak, 35% new. Deep Ruby with ripe fruit aromas and round oak notes. On the palate flavors of blackberry & cherry with vanilla and cacao, starting to develop some leathery tones. Nice ripe soft tannins, that open easily. Long finish ending with fruit, mineral and vanilla character. Very nice should continue to drink well for next decade.

Nov 17th, 2019
Severn Goodwin

WGBY Public Television, Wine Lovers Dinner; 16 March 2019 at Tower Square Hotel (Marriott); Springfield, MA

WGBY Public Television, Wine Lovers Dinner; 16 March 2019 at Tower Square Hotel (Marriott); Springfield, MA

Mar 17th, 2019
Chris Harvey

2014 showing really well right now. Astringent up front with dark currant. Nice restraint on the palate. Not overly-oaked

2014 showing really well right now. Astringent up front with dark currant. Nice restraint on the palate. Not overly-oaked

Feb 16th, 2019
Brent S

Over-the-top, but I think that was essentially the point.

Over-the-top, but I think that was essentially the point.

Dec 17th, 2018
Theo Olinger

Big dark berries, but dry, high tannins. Great blend, needs a minute to open up

Big dark berries, but dry, high tannins. Great blend, needs a minute to open up

Oct 29th, 2018
Isaac Pirolo

Palermo from Orin Swift borrows its label, featuring a mummified Capuchin priest, from one of a series of images taken by National Geographic photographer Vincent J. Musi of 16th century Capuchin Catacombs. Four long limestone corridors underneath the Capuchin Church in Palermo, Sicily hold about 8000 mummies. After looking over the rest of Musi’s series, I’m surprised Dave Phinney didn’t create an entire line of wines using the images from this collection. Cabernet Sauvignon with small amounts of Malbec and Merlot, and all from Napa Valley. Packed with extracted dark fruit, cassis, vanilla, cedar, and chocolate, the Palermo eschews nuance in the name of hedonism.

Palermo from Orin Swift borrows its label, featuring a mummified Capuchin priest, from one of a series of images taken by National Geographic photographer Vincent J. Musi of 16th century Capuchin Catacombs. Four long limestone corridors underneath the Capuchin Church in Palermo, Sicily hold about 8000 mummies. After looking over the rest of Musi’s series, I’m surprised Dave Phinney didn’t create an entire line of wines using the images from this collection. Cabernet Sauvignon with small amounts of Malbec and Merlot, and all from Napa Valley. Packed with extracted dark fruit, cassis, vanilla, cedar, and chocolate, the Palermo eschews nuance in the name of hedonism.

Nov 1st, 2017
Rodney Rosser

Swill

Swill

Oct 27th, 2017
Jeremy Rose

Oh My Grape.

Oh My Grape.

2 people found it helpfulMay 26th, 2016
linda sakane

This 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is full-bodied and a wonderful accompaniment to a hearty meal. Loved it, but not nearly as much as my fave Orin Swift wine... Papillon!

This 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is full-bodied and a wonderful accompaniment to a hearty meal. Loved it, but not nearly as much as my fave Orin Swift wine... Papillon!

2 people found it helpfulSep 16th, 2015
Sipping Fine Wine

Found a ‘15 on a restaurant list. A blend of Cab Sauv (mostly), Merlot & Cab Franc, aged for 10 months in French oak, 35% new. Very dark red with big ripe fruit aromas with spice & oak notes. Flavors of blackberry, raspberry and currants mingle nicely with cacao and spice. Big full tannins that open up nicely. Lingering finish ending with some mineral notes. Should age well for next decade.

Found a ‘15 on a restaurant list. A blend of Cab Sauv (mostly), Merlot & Cab Franc, aged for 10 months in French oak, 35% new. Very dark red with big ripe fruit aromas with spice & oak notes. Flavors of blackberry, raspberry and currants mingle nicely with cacao and spice. Big full tannins that open up nicely. Lingering finish ending with some mineral notes. Should age well for next decade.

1 person found it helpfulDec 22nd, 2018