The 2017 Orin Swift Mercury Head opens with aromatics of ripe raspberry, black currant, cigar box, a hint of fresh sandalwood shavings, and Herbs de Provence, mysteriously intriguing at first but evolving into a thoroughbred with time and air. Dense and layered on the palate, an immediate note of mixed berry strudel topped with fresh cream, fresh black raspberry, and soft tannins akin to baking chocolate transition to a finish of both nuance and concentration. Still young, the wine will continue to evolve gracefully while retaining its luscious quality and classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon nature.
Varietal Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Napa Valley AVA
Aging: 15 months, French oak, 51% new
93+ Points - Wine Advocate
"Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Mercury Head (aged for 15 months in oak, 51% new) delivers classic notes of warm cassis, plum preserves and mulberries with hints of cigar box, dried bay leaves, pencil lead and truffles. The full-bodied, densely packed, full-throttle palate has a solid structure of firm tannins and oodles for freshness supporting the muscular black fruits, finishing long and savory. 10,840 cases were made." -LPB, 4/30/20