Merlot: From our mid-valley Oakville Cross Road Estate and two small vineyards near the flank of the Mayacamas range in Oakville.
Cabernet Sauvignon: Selected from two small blocks, one adjacent to our Rutherford winery, and one in Yountville.
Petit Verdot: Sourced from a small block in the Oak Knoll district just south of Yountville on the valley’s eastern edge.
The 2011 Swanson Napa Valley Merlot presents immediate appeal, showing a vibrant garnet color and robust aromas of freshly-crushed red and black cherries. Notes of sweet blackberry, coffee and allspice add further complexity. In the mouth, the wine exhibits ample black and red fruits, medium body and a fragrant, lingering finish. Expect optimum drinkability from 2014 through 2022.