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2011 Swanson Vineyards Merlot, Napa Valley, 750ml

Wine Specs

Vintage 2011
Appellation Napa Valley
Varietal Merlot
Alcohol content 14.6
Bottling Date April 2013
Release Type Current

2011 MERLOT

A cab-lover's Merlot...

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Merlot has remained at the core Swanson Vineyards' identity since Clarke Swanson purchased the estate vineyard in 1985. The clay-loam soil in the 75-acre Oakville vineyard and close relationships with several of Napa’s best growers are the most vital factors in our quest to make Napa Valley’s premier Merlot.


Wine Profile

Vineyard Notes
Merlot: From our mid-valley Oakville Cross Road Estate and two small vineyards near the flank of the Mayacamas range in Oakville. Cabernet Sauvignon: Selected from two small blocks, one adjacent to our Rutherford winery, and one in Yountville. Petit Verdot: Sourced from a small block in the Oak Knoll district just south of Yountville on the valley’s eastern edge.

Winemaker Notes
The 2011 Swanson Napa Valley Merlot presents immediate appeal, showing a vibrant garnet color and robust aromas of freshly-crushed red and black cherries. Notes of sweet blackberry, coffee and allspice add further complexity. In the mouth, the wine exhibits ample black and red fruits, medium body and a fragrant, lingering finish. Expect optimum drinkability from 2014 through 2022.