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2016 Swanson Vineyards Merlot, Napa Valley, 750ml

Wine Specs

Vintage 2016
Appellation Napa Valley
Varietal Merlot
Alcohol content 14.8
Release Type Current

2016 Merlot

A Swanson classic

$32.00   per 750ml bottle

Deep dark in glass with gorgeous aromas of blue fruit, pie crust and a touch of coconut husk. On the palate the rich texture combines well with the full bodied tannins and ripe plum and cassis flavors. Layers of fruit intertwine with subtle secondary flavors of briar, cigar box and touch of graphite minerality.
-Robin Akhurst, Winemaker


Wine Profile

Vineyard Notes
Grapes were sourced from the Swanson family estate as well as vineyards that lie on the western bench of the Oakville AVA. Loose gravels provide excellent drainage, which combined with meticulous farming gives perfect grapes. The spacing and trellis system of this vineyard mean that even in the hottest months the delicate grapes are protected from the sun, ensuring lush flavors and ripe tannins.

Vintage Notes
A near perfect growing season in 2016 ensured that our harvest was of extremely high quality. Benefiting from early bud break and plenty of spring rain, we saw early growth of the young canopy. As the temperatures started to rise and the rain events became less frequent, the vines flowered, moving into bloom with optimum conditions; helping promote a successful and abundant fruit set. The drought conditions of the previous years were starting to recede as we maintained a full soil moisture profile for much of the early growing season in all our vineyards. As we moved into veraison - the period where the small green berries start to develop color, gain sugar and lose their acidity - we began to see the true potential that 2016 was offering. It was fortunate that the rains held off until mid-October, as we were able to harvest our vineyards at precisely the right time, optimizing fruit flavor intensity whilst retaining the natural bright balanced acidity of the grape.