Orin Swift Mercury Head Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

$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.    

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Ratings on Delectable

Christian Fischer

Very nice after a moderately insane week at work. Smooth but intense with tobacco and vanilla aromas

Very nice after a moderately insane week at work. Smooth but intense with tobacco and vanilla aromas

9.3

Steve Oristaglio

great fruit - smooth - no earth

great fruit - smooth - no earth

9.1

Mr M

Wonderful balance and power but much too young for drinking now

Wonderful balance and power but much too young for drinking now

9.2

Bill Morgan

Beautiful tannins with flavor ok oak and leather with subtle dark fruit

Beautiful tannins with flavor ok oak and leather with subtle dark fruit

9.0

Jay Bergesen

Very well balanced considering 15.5%. Probably wouldn’t repeat given cost but a nice wine nonetheless.

Very well balanced considering 15.5%. Probably wouldn’t repeat given cost but a nice wine nonetheless.

8.9

Kevin T

Fell flat. Not for $120

Fell flat. Not for $120

8.9

Bill Morgan

At an Orin Swift dinner this wine is paired with Beef Short Rib. Full bodied Cabernet Sauvignon

At an Orin Swift dinner this wine is paired with Beef Short Rib. Full bodied Cabernet Sauvignon

9.2

Michael Murray

Very smooth. But could use a few years to age

Very smooth. But could use a few years to age

10

Ray Vanderhoff

Another solid vintage of this wonderful wine. Still a bit young but the foundation is there. Delightful dark cherry and plum fruit with cola, tobacco and herbal notes.. Very earthy! Soft texture and tannins. (Again, almost Merlot-like)

Another solid vintage of this wonderful wine. Still a bit young but the foundation is there. Delightful dark cherry and plum fruit with cola, tobacco and herbal notes.. Very earthy! Soft texture and tannins. (Again, almost Merlot-like)

9.3

Mono Head

Orin swift -good. Some bell peppers taste. Good dry cab. The bell peppers throw me off though. 9.0 The reserve isosceles Is much sweeter than this. $115

Orin swift -good. Some bell peppers taste. Good dry cab. The bell peppers throw me off though. 9.0 The reserve isosceles Is much sweeter than this. $115

9.0

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