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2006 Swanson Vineyards Merlot, Napa Valley, 3L

Wine Specs

Vintage 2006
Appellation Napa Valley
Varietal Merlot
Alcohol content 14.1
Release Type Current

2006 Merlot 3 Liter

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The 2006 Swanson Merlot is a definite cross between classic Napa Merlot and quintessential Right-Bank Bordeaux. Ripe cassis and elegant black cherry on the nose, with a hint of spice and plum. The tannins are very ripe and firm. Sweet, toasty oak, overlayed with pure raspberry extract and black cherry.

Wine Profile

Vineyard Notes
Almost all of the fruit for Swanson Merlot are grown at two vineyards: our Oakville Cross Road Estate vineyard, located mid-Valley, and the Schmidt Ranch, which is on benchland adjacent to the Mayacamas Mountains on the western side of the Valley. The Merlot was sourced primarily from the Oakville Cross Road Estate, while the Cabernet Sauvignon came from the Schmidt Ranch vineyard.

Winemaker Notes
In 2006, our Merlot blocks provided average to just barely above average crop levels, yet conservative by Napa standards. Ample rain over the 2005 โ€“ 2006 winter meant red varieties began the season with a strong budbreak. Fruitful buds โ€“ and our Merlot tends to be relatively fruitful - meant more fruit, so we thinned carefully to control crop load. Moderately warm spring weather encouraged even development of the fruit. Heat spikes in late July and early August were tempered by cooler weather for the duration of final ripening and harvest โ€“ perfect conditions for harvesting the fruit precisely when flavor, acid and tannin ripeness dictated. As usual, our clay-loam soils played a pivotal role in achieving perfectly ripe Merlot grapes.