Last year we had great success selling the wonderful award winning “The Prisoner” Zinfandel blend. I hadn’t done much digging into the winery until I was browsing through the local distributor’s catalog and notice The Prinsoner’s big brother…Papillon. The 2005 was the first vintage of this first-ever Bordeaux style blend (of Cabernet, Merlot, Cab Franc, Malbec and Petite Verdot) from Orin Swift of California’s Napa Valley. When the bottle arrived, its bottle suggested the wine’s girth from the start…a stageringly hefty bottle with a punt indentation underneat that you could hide a golf ball in.
Almost immediately I found an opportunity to open it with a customer here in the shop and enjoy the first few glasses. It was a huge wine full of rich dark fruit flavors and a structure behind the heft that would allow it to last for many years. There’s not much reason to wait, however. After an hour of decanting the aromas build to a crescendo to wake the dead.
Wine Spectator: “Well-structured, elegant and stylish, with spicy, cedary currant and black cherry fruit that has a dusty edge, with a touch of mineral. Ends with gentle, fine-grained tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Best from 2009 through 2015.”
This wine is available at Salut! Wine Co. for $59.99, or available to wine club members for only $50.99!
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