Category: "Cabernet Sauvignon"

2005 Orin Swift Papillon Cabernet Sauvignon

November 21st, 2011

We are working our way through anything and everything that Orin Swift can make. Papillon is the second-most-expensive wine they offer ($55-60), so purchase with caution. If you've ever browsed the wall of Cabernet at your local wine shop, there is a good chance you have seen the Papillon label, with its distinct knuckle tattoos. I know you've not been privy my written thoughts on all of the Orin Swift wine I've had (The Prisoner, Abstract, Machete, D66, Veladora), but Papillon is the most drinkable and probably a wine that everyone would like.

The wine blends 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc; it has great balance and I just wish it was one-third the price so I could drink this with everyone I know. Watch out for the 15.1% alcohol, because I do not think it was noticeable. I would gladly buy this again as an upscale wine to have with family and/or friends for a festive holiday meal. The easy part was picking the wine, the hard part will be parting with the $60.

2007 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon

September 21st, 2011

Artemis. The name has some impressive social capital in the wine community. It belongs to a wine that I've always heard to be a good wine. No, that's not right. I'd always heard that this was a very good wine. And at $50+ per bottle, I'm not really one to buy a bottle to disprove anything I'd heard. And now that I've finally had it I will only confirm. This wine is very good. I got enough of a hint of some sour fruit to not go nuts for it, but it was just a hint and that is not a problem with the wine, I just don't like sour/bitter. Give me a $50 gift certificate to my local wine shop and there is certainly a chance Artemis and I go home together.