Take a father, a daughter, a winemaker + add a Parisian illustrator — all characters of great taste, humor, and talent...and voila! You have Swanson Vineyards' 25th anniversary cuvee, 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, "Instant Napa." This wine of distinction celebrates the remarkable 35 mile track of terroir and its most unusual agrarian community, known as the NAPA VALLEY.
We carefully selected small blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot for this inaugural release of Instant Napa Cabernet Sauvignon from the following sources:
- Rutherford Vista Vineyard, mid-valley, near Caymus Vineyards
- Schenecker Vineyard, adjacent to our winery in Rutherford
- Sleeping Lady Vineyard, at the base of the Mayacamas range in Yountville
We chose one block of Merlot at the Taddei Vineyard in the heart of Oakville.
The Petit Verdot is from a small parcel at the La Monica Vineyard in the Oak Knoll appellation.
All of these vineyard sources reflect a rigorous selection of vineyard sites known to consistently produce a small crop of very intense, concentrated fruit.
The 2009 Instant Napa Cabernet Sauvignon was not fined or filtered thereby preserving its seamless texture and flavor intensity. Deep red ruby color with a purple hue. Aromas of black cherry, blackberry, coffee and cocoa. In the mouth, sweet fruit and an immediate sense of a silky, firm texture. The wine is very complete on the mid-palate as the ripe tannins provide a rich, luxurious backdrop for cassis and black cherry fruit to re-emerge. Very well integrated French oak gives a hint of clove, black licorice and espresso from mid-palate through the finish. The 7% Petit Verdot component contributes an aromatic top note of violet to the finish and adds a firm natural acidity to the overall balance of this wine.