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  Swanson Oakville Merlot 2008 (Napa Valley, California)
Swanson Oakville Merlot 2008 (Napa Valley, California)


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Winery: Swanson Vineyards
Varietal: Merlot
Region: Oakville, Napa Valley, California
Vintage: 2008
Bottle Size: 750 ml


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The 2008 Swanson Oakville Merlot is a charming wine, reminiscent more of the Right Bank of Bordeaux than Napa Valley. The nose offers black cherry, plum, and dried red cherry with notes of well-integrated sweet oak and mocha. Firm, ripe tannins characteristic of our Oakville Estate vineyard fill the palate nicely. In the mouth look for raspberry, black cherry, and red licorice. The Petite Verdot contributes a graceful top note of verve and spice. Velvet-smooth and long on the finish. Should continue to improve in the bottle with the optimum drinkability continuing through 2017.

Winemaker Notes   
The Merlot fruit is grown at our Oakville Cross Road Estate vineyard, located mid-Valley, and the (20%) Cabernet Sauvignon grapes come from the Schmidt Ranch, adjacent to the Mayacamas Mountains on the western side of the Valley.

2008 in Napa Valley was a low-yielding vintage in terms of pounds of fruit per vine. It should come as no surprise then that the wines show focus and very good concentration. Spring was exceptionally dry and cold with 24 days of frost -- one of the first steps on the path to a small crop. Summer was cool with a few heat spikes in August. Harvest for Merlot came in a rush, taking place during a short 3-week period from September 8th to September 30th. Ripeness in both flavors and tannins was very even and acid balance was superb.

Ratings & Reviews

94 Points & "Editor's Choice" - Wine Enthusiast Magazine (2007 vintage):
"One of the best Merlots of the vintage, at a good price for the quality. Shows a structural quality and ripeness that are pure Oakville, with ultra-refined tannins, good acidity and plush, complex flavors of black cherries, red currants and licorice that go on and on into a long, spicy finish. New oak comprises 40% of the barrels, and adds beautiful notes of toast and warmth."  — S.H.  (4/1/2011)

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