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2002 Swanson Vineyards Merlot, Napa Valley, 6L

Wine Specs

Vintage 2002
Appellation Napa Valley
Varietal Merlot
Alcohol content 14.1
Release Type Library

2002 Merlot 6 Liter

$600.00   per 6.0L bottle

A sensational meld of mocha, black cherry liqueur, smoke and blackberries. This fleshy Merlot, is ripe with great density, focus, moderate acidity and an unctuous texture. The finish is long and alluring.

Wine Profile

Vineyard Notes
Swanson’s Merlot grapes are grown on our two estate vineyards. The Oakville Estate is located mid-valley, and the Schmidt Ranch in on benchland adjacent to the Mayacamas foothills on the western side of the valley. The Merlot and Syrah were sourced from the Oakville Estate, while the Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc blending components came from the Schmidt Ranch.

Winemaker Notes
The 2002 growing season provided ideal ripening conditions for our Oakville Merlot. A cool start to the season was followed by a heat spell during bloom, resulting in reduced berry size. Warm summer days and cool nights brought about superb fruit intensity and a good balance between fruit and acid. Low yields, combined with mild fall weather, produced one of our richest and most complex vintages to date.