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2005 Orin Swift Mercury Head

  • 87 WS
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon

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SKU: 78216-2005-750

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 87

    Vivid, juicy wild berry, cranberry and a twinge of earthy, leathery scents give this a hint of Zinfandel. Elegant, intense and vibrant, this doesn't sing of Cabernet.
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating: 89

    Drink Dates: 2009-2016
    Author: Ronn L
  • Self | Rating: 88

    Author: Adriel L
  • Self | Rating: 88

    Author: BoxsterVino
  • Self | Rating: 89

    Author: PLevensohn
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Author: Josh
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Author: RalphTs
  • Self | Rating:

    From Brix26: |The 2005 Mercury Head marks the fifth vintage of Orin Swift's flagship Napa Valley red. The wine is a blend of 100% cabernet sauvignon from the Taplin Vineyard in St. Helena and the Morisoli Vineyard in Rutherford. This age worthy vintage marries complex structure with bright expressions of ripe fruit and judiciously applied oak. It can be enjoyed now or for the next ten to twelve years. Only 400 cases produced.| Pair with spicy barbecue rib-eye steaks, grilled lamb kabobs with couscous and cornbread, or flourless chocolate cake with blueberry coulis
    Drink Dates: 2008-2020
    Author: drdobies
  • Self | Rating: 84

    Ruby red in color with long legs. On the nose, it was pleasant with slight darker red fruit and modest spice. However, the finish lacked a balanced structure to bring the wine together. For the price, I can do a lot better.
    Author: nycebo
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Very chewy, tannic structure easing up. Big berry nose with long finish.
    Drink Dates: 2010-2013
    Author: Rmann
Orin Swift Cellars is the realization of a dream that began while Dave Phinney was studying abroad at the University of Florence. When he returned to the States, he worked his first harvest for the Robert Mondavi Winery on the nightshift. The next year, he started Orin Swift Cellars with two tons of purchased Zinfandel grapes.

Phinney's 2005 The Prisoner earned the #17 spot on Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines list, making Orin Swift Cellars a well-known name in fine wine.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 339 bottles owned
  • 87 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 89
    (Out of 87 collectors)