Orin Swift

Mercury Head Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

9.238 ratings
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Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy
Top Notes For
Marshall Todd Herron DPM

The Big Boy!!!! 15.7% abv. 2016 Mercury Head Cabernet Sauvignon stored for 6 years at 50 degrees in my wine cellar. Decanted for 45 minutes.:
The color is dark but not opaque. Legs are very slow and thick. The bouquet on this is fantastic! I smell Blackberry rhubarb pie fresh out of the oven. As my nose starts to tingle as my taste kicks in before even putting it to my lips. With the first sip, my palate is suddenly bombarded with fresh black berries and dark currant! There is a hint of black licorice. On the second sip, I can start to taste hints of black cherry and black pepper. Then there is a sudden development of white oak and graphite. After another sip and letting it settle with more aeration on my tongue, a quick swallow, and SHAZAM! A Velvety smooth, buttery delicious moderately dry beautiful cabernet Finish. My senses are aching for more!!!!!

The Big Boy!!!! 15.7% abv. 2016 Mercury Head Cabernet Sauvignon stored for 6 years at 50 degrees in my wine cellar. Decanted for 45 minutes.:
The color is dark but not opaque. Legs are very slow and thick. The bouquet on this is fantastic! I smell Blackberry rhubarb pie fresh out of the oven. As my nose starts to tingle as my taste kicks in before even putting it to my lips. With the first sip, my palate is suddenly bombarded with fresh black berries and dark currant! There is a hint of black licorice. On the second sip, I can start to taste hints of black cherry and black pepper. Then there is a sudden development of white oak and graphite. After another sip and letting it settle with more aeration on my tongue, a quick swallow, and SHAZAM! A Velvety smooth, buttery delicious moderately dry beautiful cabernet Finish. My senses are aching for more!!!!!

Jun 30th, 2022
Charles Mires

Excellent but not best vintage. Full bodied+

Excellent but not best vintage. Full bodied+

Aug 30th, 2021
Jeanne gills

It's Thanksgiving, so I'm splurging! :-)

It's Thanksgiving, so I'm splurging! :-)

Nov 26th, 2020
Christian Fischer

Very nice after a moderately insane week at work. Smooth but intense with tobacco and vanilla aromas

Very nice after a moderately insane week at work. Smooth but intense with tobacco and vanilla aromas

Nov 9th, 2019
Steve Oristaglio

great fruit - smooth - no earth

great fruit - smooth - no earth

Mar 1st, 2019
Mr M
9.2

Wonderful balance and power but much too young for drinking now

Wonderful balance and power but much too young for drinking now

Jan 2nd, 2019
Bill Morgan

Beautiful tannins with flavor ok oak and leather with subtle dark fruit

Beautiful tannins with flavor ok oak and leather with subtle dark fruit

Dec 1st, 2018
Jay Bergesen

Very well balanced considering 15.5%. Probably wouldn’t repeat given cost but a nice wine nonetheless.

Very well balanced considering 15.5%. Probably wouldn’t repeat given cost but a nice wine nonetheless.

Nov 19th, 2018
Kevin T

Fell flat. Not for $120

Fell flat. Not for $120

Oct 22nd, 2018
Bill Morgan

At an Orin Swift dinner this wine is paired with Beef Short Rib. Full bodied Cabernet Sauvignon

At an Orin Swift dinner this wine is paired with Beef Short Rib. Full bodied Cabernet Sauvignon

Oct 14th, 2018