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2014 Swanson Vineyards Merlot, Napa Valley, 750ml

Wine Specs

Vintage 2014
Appellation Napa Valley
Varietal Merlot
Alcohol content 14.6
Release Type Current

2014 Merlot

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Deeply ruby colored in the glass, opaque and dark. Vibrant aromas of plum, crushed red fruits and leather develop into more subtler tones of violets and graphite. The palate displays generous layers of red fruits, ripe plum and black currants which coat the mouth. Secondary flavors of seasoned leather, black tea and mineral notes start to show as the wine opens up in the glass.

Wine Profile

Winemaker Notes
Our focus with this Merlot has been to produce a powerful yet balanced wine, with smooth tannins, ripe red fruits and plenty of body. The grapes were destemmed to tank followed by 4 days cold soak and two week fermentation at warm temperatures. 2 pumpovers per day and drained and pressed to barrel when dry. Malolactic fermentation in barrel followed by 18 months aging in 15% new French and 15% new American oak.

Vintage Notes
2014 was another great year for Napa. Compared to 2013 the slightly more wet spring allowed the vines to access much needed soil water at bud break. Successful flowering set a good crop load which allowed us to selectively thin throughout the year. The drought conditions towards the maturation phase of berry development gave us small concentrated clusters of grapes; perfect for making intense and concentrated aromatic wines albeit in limited quantities.