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2008 Swanson Vineyards Merlot, Napa Valley, 1.5L

Wine Specs

Vintage 2008
Appellation Napa Valley
Varietal Merlot
Alcohol content 14.1
Release Type Current

2008 Merlot Magnum

$95.00   per 1.5L bottle

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 out the palate nicely. In the mouth, look for raspberry, black cherry, and red licorice. A graceful top note of verve and spice is contributed by the Petit Verdot.


Wine Profile

Vineyard Notes
Merlot: Entirely from Oakville vineyards owned or controlled by Swanson. 50% from our mid-valley Oakville Cross Road Estate, 50% from two small vineyards near the flank of the Mayacamas range in Oakville. Contributes flesh and velvety texture to the blend. Cabernet Sauvignon: Exclusively from a small vineyard estate in the center of the Rutherford appellation. Provides a core of ripe tannin for structure. Petit Verdot: A very small block in the Oak Knoll district just south of Yountville on the valley’s eastern edge. Low-yielding vines provide fruit with excellent acidity, color and spice.

Winemaker Notes
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.