Swanson Merlot Oakville 2005
The task of capturing Merlot at optimum phenolic ripeness may not get easier, but at least we learn more about what to look for with each passing year. The 2005, I believe proves this point. This is an ‘iron fist in a velvet glove’ wine, with the extract and power expected of its Oakville provenance, yet possessing the finesse, grace and complexity of a right-bank Bordeaux. Smoky blackberry and black licorice aromas. Round, ripe and supple, with lingering thickness and fine- grained tannin on the palate, echoing very nicely the afore-mentioned aromas. While certainly drinkable today, this Merlot will continue to cellar nicely for 6 to 8 more years.
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Winemaker Notes - The 2005 Swanson Merlot is the 3rd Swanson vintage for which I have been responsible. The task of capturing Merlot at optimum phenolic ripeness may not get easier, but at least we learn more about what to look for with each passing
Big and bold in the nose with a wealth of ripe cherries tied to lots of very rich oak this very solid Merlot is well-filled at every and all points and finds glimmers of tea-like complexity that are sure to intensify over time. It toughens a bit at the finish with a trim of Cabernet-like tannins taking hold but this is one meant for keeping and looks to be a good bet for holding upwards of five or six years.
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