Wine Spectator 93 points - Offers a rich, inviting core of dark berry, mocha, crushed rock, fresh brownie and sandalwood notes, with fresh-cut flower scents. Gains depth and richness before ending with ripe tannins and layers of flavor. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Drink now through 2025.—J.L. (Aug 6 2014)
Bright, ruby red in complexion, the wine bursts with a lively perfume of crushed boysenberry, spring flowers, crème de cassis, and a hint of toast. Upon entry, lush flavors of blackberry tart and ripe plum lead to a juicy mid-palate mix of currant, mocha and dark chocolate. Already well-integrated, polished tannins are present on the finish, which linger effortlessly with just the right amount of power and intensity.
|Wine maker notes|
|Making its debut with the 2005 vintage, Papillon is coined from the French word for butterfly. The genesis of the brand name stems from a vineyard visit that winemaker Dave Phinney took with his daughter. While surveying vines, she spotted a butterfly and applied her French language classes appropriately. The name stuck and a new wine was born. Fruit is meticulously sourced from some of the most famed appellations, including Howell Mountain, Rutherford, Oakville, and Saint Helena where we are based.|