GREAT, GREAT and GREAT! Palermo, Prisoner and Papillon!

Orin Swift

It’s Saturday evening and we are at our local wine shop/restaurant, WineStyles. We see the friendly wine distributor, who always makes a comment about “The Professional” resembling Robert DeNiro. We smile…it’s nice to be remembered.

Thus far, I’ve collected plenty of white wines for the upcoming warm weather. Yes, it is typical to consume more whites when it is warm than reds. However, don’t deprive yourself and to maintain those healthy benefits of red wine (resveratrol), go inside where it’s cool and have a glass. (See review: information on the benefits of red wine, see my blog titled, Red Wine, Is It Really Good For You?? dated July 2, 2012).

The tasting is off to great start. We tasted the aromatic Ferrari-Cerano, Fume Blanc and Bella Luca (see review dated 4/21/13). Delicious! I’m in the market for reds, particularly Pinot Noirs. But, I will definitely be purchasing some Ferrari-Cerano.

Next in the tasting is a CA Pinot Noir; its okay, nothing to write home about.  One thing I’ve noticed is the description tags on many of these wines are described as BOLD. I beg to differ, they are medium bodied. Now, what is BOLD and AMAZING is this Orin Swift Palermo. I’m proud to say that I received three bottles for Valentine’s Day:).

Orin Swift Palermo has a deep rich garnet color, woodsy aromas, full blackberry flavors, firm tannins and a smooth finish. Mmm… a magnificent Cabernet Sauvignon! The bottle is recognizable by its graphic label of a skeleton dressed in Cardinal vestments. The composition is 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 5% Malbec and 4% Cabernet Franc. Yes, the wine contains other varieties. However, if the wine has at least 75% of a variety, the wine may be identified as that single variety; just a little wine fact.


The Dips (humus, Greek yogurt and spicy feta cheese, served with pita bread) have arrived, which are enhancing the black cherry flavors. You know a wine is delicious when your tongue continuously runs across your lips. 🙂

Orin Swift has done it again! Palermo will be an excellent addition to your cellar and it can be laid down for 10 years. Some other Orin Swift wines that are marvelous are “The Prisoner” and “Papillon”.

The Prisoner is a red blend of 51% Zinfandel, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Syrah, 12% Petit Sirah, 2% Charbano (a French variety that is commonly grown in Argentina and Napa Valley) and 1% Grenache. The color is deep ink-like, big cherry and oaky flavors with soft tannins that lingers on the palate. The label is an illustration of a bearded man shackled in chains and bolts.


Another great is Papillon, a dark, rich red blend with big black fruit and oaky flavors and a long soft finish. Papillon is 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, a little bit of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. YUM! Dark male hands with the letters spelling out “Papillon” is on the label.


Orin Swift wines are artistic and unmistakable. They would be a great addition to your wine collection and you will not be disappointed! Also, the wines pair very  well with an Opus X. 

Opus X
Opus X


Average Cost: $35












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