Orin Swift Mercury Head Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

$119.99

96 points                                                    Orin Swift Cellars winemaker, Dave Phinney, is well-know for his Prisoner Zinfandel.  He also makes this fantastic, rare Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley - very limited. previous vintage 96 Points Robert Parker:  "A spectacular wine, the Cabernet Sauvignon Mercury Head is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from the Taplin and Morisoli vineyards and several Atlas Peak vineyards, aged 18 months in 50% new French oak. The wine is a classic, broad-shouldered, compelling Cabernet Sauvignon with beautiful blueberry and crème de cassis fruit, Christmas fruitcake, cedar wood, white chocolate notes and a hint of graphite and background toast. It is ripe, full-bodied, pure, multidimensional and a mouthful of succulent Cabernet Sauvignon to drink over the next 20+ years... Dave Phinney may well be 2015's winemaker of the year for this wine taster." This rare wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Taplin vineyard in St. Helena and the Morisoli vineyard in Rutherford. As in the previous vintage, it offers a complex intriguing structure along with vibrant dark fruit and subtle oak shadings. Cellar for up to a decade, or enjoy now with some aeration. Tiny production on this one, so don't wait long.    

Share Orin Swift Mercury Head Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 on FacebookShare Orin Swift Mercury Head Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 on TwitterShare Orin Swift Mercury Head Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 via email

Ratings on Delectable

Sipping Fine Wine Delectable Pro

A Mercury Dime graces the label. Intense concentrated ripe black berry fruit aromas with smoky notes. On the palate blackberry and currents on the edge of sweetness, with tobacco and cacao tones wrapped in fine smooth tannins. Lingering with a little heat ending with a dried cherry fruit character and mineral tones. Another nice offering from Orin Swift!

A Mercury Dime graces the label. Intense concentrated ripe black berry fruit aromas with smoky notes. On the palate blackberry and currents on the edge of sweetness, with tobacco and cacao tones wrapped in fine smooth tannins. Lingering with a little heat ending with a dried cherry fruit character and mineral tones. Another nice offering from Orin Swift!

9.5

Meg Herring Delectable Pro

Normally not a huge Cab fan but this one was so smooth after decanting. Amazing.

Normally not a huge Cab fan but this one was so smooth after decanting. Amazing.

9.4

Nathaniel DiMaggio Delectable Pro

Crazy I know but such a fun bottle of cab. Brings back memories!

Crazy I know but such a fun bottle of cab. Brings back memories!

9.0

Roy Goble Delectable Pro

Maybe it's the ambiance but this is much better than expected.

Maybe it's the ambiance but this is much better than expected.

9.4

Jeff Orlowski

Leather and oak nose. Purple, bold, dry, mild tannins. Plums with chocolate and coffee beans. Over 2 years since my last bottle, aging very well.

Leather and oak nose. Purple, bold, dry, mild tannins. Plums with chocolate and coffee beans. Over 2 years since my last bottle, aging very well.

9.2

Jake Arnold

Delicate and smooth.

Delicate and smooth.

9.1

Chris Klebba

Bold up front and sweet soft finish

Bold up front and sweet soft finish

9.7

Clive McNish

I think this is good, probably if you’d asked me a year ago I’d have said it was very good. No doubt solid Cabernet but I find it a bit two dimensional when compared to others at or around the same price point. Good fruit, oak, vanilla and smoke on the palate, nose is ripe but perhaps a little subdued. There’s a nice balance to this wine but it lacks a deeper complexity and subtlety. Enjoy on day one as by day two the high alcohol has taken over and eaten into the wines flavours.

I think this is good, probably if you’d asked me a year ago I’d have said it was very good. No doubt solid Cabernet but I find it a bit two dimensional when compared to others at or around the same price point. Good fruit, oak, vanilla and smoke on the palate, nose is ripe but perhaps a little subdued. There’s a nice balance to this wine but it lacks a deeper complexity and subtlety. Enjoy on day one as by day two the high alcohol has taken over and eaten into the wines flavours.

9.1

Mike

Very solid. Great balance. Deep blackberry and smooth tobacco notes. #SWIFTBEST

Very solid. Great balance. Deep blackberry and smooth tobacco notes. #SWIFTBEST

9.4

Candace Castro Ng

Lovely dinner @ home paired with a great

Lovely dinner @ home paired with a great

9.3

WARNING: DRINKING DISTILLED SPIRITS, BEER, COOLERS, WINE AND OTHER ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES MAY INCREASE CANCER RISK, AND, DURING PREGNANCY, CAN CAUSE BIRTH DEFECTS.