The wine has a very dense garnet hue with a slight stain of cardinal on the rim. Aromas of plum and cassis are built around soft French oak and cedar box nuances. The entry is intense, yet elegant with loads of boysenberry and dark fruit flavors. Well integrated tannin chains provide for a long, soft finish. 78% Cabernet Sauvignon 14% Merlot 4% Cabernet Franc 2% Malbec 2% Petit Verdot Aged 16 months in French oak 15.1% Alc./Vol.
Robert ParkerThe 2014 Bordeaux Proprietary Blend Papillion (15,748 cases) was aged 16 months in 40% new French oak. Fairly priced for what the consumer gets, this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc (15.1% alcohol) exhibits notes of forest floor, graphite, blackcurrant, blackberry fruit and spring flowers followed by a full-bodied, unctuously textured, deep, rich pure wine to drink over the next 10-15+ years.
Wine SpectatorThe initial fruit purity is charming, delivering a smooth entry of crushed dark berry, savory herb, licorice, dusty earth and cedary oak flavors. This hangs and loses velocity as it glides along, revealing more wood and forest floor elements. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2026. 15,000 cases made. -JL