Orin Swift

Palermo Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

9.1115 ratings
9.05 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
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
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
Mary Reagan

Had the 2014. Really nice wine. Great fruit and oak. Not as complex as I would have hoped for at this price point.

Had the 2014. Really nice wine. Great fruit and oak. Not as complex as I would have hoped for at this price point.

1 person found it helpfulApr 28th, 2017
Justin Rusch

Baby papillon!

Baby papillon!

Apr 21st, 2015
Ryan Vento

Steak & wine night with friends. Drank very nicely tonight - plenty of juicy, dark fruits, baking spices, and dark chocolate shavings.

Steak & wine night with friends. Drank very nicely tonight - plenty of juicy, dark fruits, baking spices, and dark chocolate shavings.

Jan 12th, 2019
Moin Rastegar,C.S.W

Well it is Orin Swift and it sat 15.5%

Well it is Orin Swift and it sat 15.5%

Jun 5th, 2018
Garrett Parker

Very smooth and at a great price point

Very smooth and at a great price point

Feb 17th, 2018
Rhonda Stone

A very nice cabernet. High alcohol content (15.5%) is the driver behind a fruit forward palate.

A very nice cabernet. High alcohol content (15.5%) is the driver behind a fruit forward palate.

Feb 1st, 2018
Gloria Lam

Full body, thick texture wine. Very strong but doesn’t taste strong.

Full body, thick texture wine. Very strong but doesn’t taste strong.

Dec 23rd, 2017
Jonathan Wall

I was only marginally happy because I expected more.

I was only marginally happy because I expected more.

Dec 18th, 2017