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2015 Orin Swift Palermo

2015 Orin Swift Palermo

'A classic Napa Cabernet blend from a 'positively stunning' vintage, this is rich, ripe and has an intense mouthfeel. Cedar, cassis, mulberry, star anise and five spice, the wine reverberates with intensity as its tail gentle trails by. Epic stuff.'
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  • 'Orin Swift is the brainchild of a brilliant young man by the name of Dave Phinney. His Midas touch with grapes from seemingly anywhere in the world, is unusual, but the brilliance of the wines, his creativeness and unparalleled blending talents have built an incredible portfolio right out of the gate.'
    'One of the most talented winemakers of our time'
    Robert Parker

    'Phinney’s commitment to winemaking and exceptionally savvy marketing is rivaled by a hearty disregard for the status quo. Even at age 45, he dislikes authority for authority’s sake. Terroir? Single varietals? Site-specific bottlings? These tried-and-true techniques matter less to Phinney than simply procuring the best grapes to make the most drinkable blends.' 

    Palermo is where Cabernet comes to roost at Orin Swift Cellars, and a nod to the great, mailing-list only cult wines of the Napa Valley which winemaker David Phinney studied to understand the true art of winemaking (and to question and poke holes into everything he was ever told). Sourced from some of the most heralded vineyards in the region, this is a powerful, menthol and blackcurrant driven Cabernet. It's unwieldy in its youth, with so much dense, christmas pudding fruit, and monstrous tannins needing a good decant to really bring the wine alive. 


    The 2015 vintage was made for Cabernet Sauvignon. With low yields, small berries and lots of concentration, the array of fruit we were able to source was of high quality and replete with sensorial complexity. Featuring lots from all over the valley – from Atlas Peak to Coombsville, from Calistoga to the Rutherford Bench – this wine is a quintessential Napa Cab, made in signature Orin Swift style.


    A dark garnet hue sits in the glass with immediate aromas of ripe cassis and blackberry. Hints of cocoa, new oak and fir complement the juicy fruit mélange. A full-bodied entry is succeeded by a mid-palate of dark fruits and a smooth, integrated minerality. The tannins are well developed, allowing the wine to finish with length.


    94+ Points - Wine Spectrum

    'Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Palermo Cabernet Sauvignon (mainly Cabernet Sauvignon with splashes of Merlot and Malbec) opens with notions of crushed red currants, blackberries and mulberries with touches of Indian spices, sandalwood and menthol. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a wonderfully spicy undercurrent with loads of red and black fruits and a chewy frame, finishing long and perfumed.'

    Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Parker's Wine Advocate