2013 Swanson Vineyards Merlot, Napa Valley, 750ml

Wine Specs

Vintage 2013
Appellation Napa Valley
Varietal Merlot
Alcohol content 14.6
Oak 30% new oak (15% French; 15% American)
Time in Oak 18 months
Bottling Date April, 2015
Harvest Dates September 16th
Case Production 6500
Release Type Current

2013 Merlot

94 points from SF Int'l...

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2013 was an epic Napa Valley vintage allowing us a precision pick at a point when the fruit, acid and phenolic tannins were perfectly in balance. We experienced moderate temperatures and dry conditions in all our vineyard locations. All wines from the 2013 harvest, both red and white, benefited from the long, cool growing season, and this was especially true for Merlot.

94pts, Double Gold - San Francisco International Wine Competition
93pts, Critics Gold - Critics Challenge International Wine Competition

Wine Profile

Vineyard Notes
From two highly regarded merlot vineyards located in the Napa Valley's heart, Oakville. Farmed impeccably we are able to adjust our yield each year to achieve the ripeness levels we desire. Favoring quality over quantity, we deliberately keep our crop low, allowing for a long hang time on the vine, building intense flavors and retaining natural acidity.

Winemaker Notes
Expressive aromas of plums, crushed rip cherry’s and a touch of cassis surround the opaque red-purple hue of this full bodied merlot. On the palate the tannins are powerful and balanced perfectly with the flavors of red fruits, pomegranate, cedar wood and a touch of dried oregano. A wine that will develop gracefully over the next 7-10 years.
- Robin Akhurst, Winemaker