Orin Swift Mercury Head Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 1.5L
An alluring hue of dark garnet sits in the glass, encircled by a glowing ruby rim. Immediate aromas of ripe black cherry, blueberry and classic cassis are supported by undertones of lavender, jasmine, sage, tobacco, cigar box and the slightest touch of anise. Rich and vibrant upon entry, flavors of dark plums, figs and black fruit transform into sweet vanilla and dark chocolate framed by velvety and plush tannins. The wine finishes with great length and a touch of acidity—an elegant Cabernet Sauvignon from select vineyards in the Napa Valley.
Wine AdvocateThe 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Mercury Head, which comes from primarily St. Helena vineyards blended with fruit from the Stagecoach Vineyard on Atlas Peak, is a fabulous 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 16 months in 50% new French oak. A Mercury Head dime is actually embedded in the bottle's glass and represents the front label. If that's not original enough, the wine itself is fabulous. Its dense purple color is followed by notes of blackcurrants, black raspberries, acacia flowers, cedarwood and a touch of espresso. Swift is so quality conscience he declassified both the 2010 and 2011, so this is the first vintage he has produced since 2009. Full-bodied with sweet, well-integrated tannins, enough acidity for delineation and brightness, and a 45+-second finish, this stunning 2012 can be drunk now or aged for 20-25 years.
Wine SpectatorRipe, perfumed blackberry, black cherry, plum and boysenberry flavors offer lots of fruit complexity and tannins. Though extracted and gripping, the fruit eases through. Drink now through 2027. 4,000 cases made.