Swanson Merlot Oakville 2008

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About This Wine: The 2008 Swanson Oakville Merlot is a charming wine, reminiscent more of the Right Bank of Bordeaux...

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The 2008 Swanson Oakville Merlot is a charming wine, reminiscent of the Right Bank of Bordeaux than Napa Valley. The nose offers black cherry, plum... Read more

The nose offers black cherry, plum, and dried red cherry with notes of well-integrated sweet oak and mocha. Firm, ripe tannins characteristic of ou... Read more

Swanson Merlot is a charming wine, reminiscent more of the Right Bank of Bordeaux than Napa Valley. The nose offers black cherry, plum, and dried r... Read more

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External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
01/03/2013

The 2008 Swanson Oakville Merlot is a charming wine, reminiscent of the Right Bank of Bordeaux than Napa Valley. The nose offers black cherry, plum, and dried red cherry with notes of well-integrated sweet oak and mocha. Firm, ripe tannins characteristic of our Oakville Estate vineyard fill out the palate nicely. In the mouth, look for raspberry, black cherry, and red licorice. A graceful top note of verve and spice is contributed by the Petit Verdot. Velvet-smooth and long on the finish. Should continue to improve in the bottle with optimum drinkability continuing through 2017. - WineryCOMPOSITION:Merlot 90%Cabernet Sauvignon 8%Petit Verdot 2%BARREL REGIME:20 months in barrels: 50% American, 50% French oak barrels (30% new)VINIFICATION:Cold Soak, extended maceration


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Source: NapaCabs.com
12/29/2011

The nose offers black cherry, plum, and dried red cherry with notes of well-integrated sweet oak and mocha. Firm, ripe tannins characteristic of our Oakville Estate vineyard fill the palate nicely.


External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
06/13/2012

Swanson Merlot is a charming wine, reminiscent more of the Right Bank of Bordeaux than Napa Valley. The nose offers black cherry, plum, and dried red cherry with notes of well-integrated sweet oak and mocha. Firm, ripe tannins characteristic of our Oakville Estate vineyard fill the palate nicely. In the mouth look for raspberry, black cherry, and red licorice. The Petite Verdot contributes a graceful top note of verve and spice. Velvet-smooth and long on the finish.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
07/13/2013

The 2008 Swanson Oakville Merlot is a charming wine, reminiscent of the Right Bank of Bordeaux than Napa Valley. The nose offers black cherry, plum, and dried red cherry with notes of well-integrated sweet oak and mocha. Firm, ripe tannins characteristic of our Oakville Estate vineyard fill out the palate nicely. In the mouth, look for raspberry, black cherry, and red licorice. A graceful top note of verve and spice is contributed by the Petit Verdot. Velvet-smooth and long on the finish. Should continue to improve in the bottle with optimum drinkability continuing through 2017. - WineryCOMPOSITION:Merlot 90%Cabernet Sauvignon 8%Petit Verdot 2%BARREL REGIME:20 months in barrels: 50% American, 50% French oak barrels (30% new)VINIFICATION:Cold Soak, extended maceration ** SOLD OUT **


Winemaker's Notes:

About This Wine: The 2008 Swanson Oakville Merlot is a charming wine, reminiscent more of the Right Bank of Bordeaux than Napa Valley. The nose offers black cherry, plum, and dried red cherry with notes of well-integrated sweet oak and mocha. Firm, ripe tannins characteristic of our Oakville Estate vineyard fill the palate nicely. In the mouth look for raspberry, black cherry, and red licorice. The Petite Verdot contributes a graceful top note of verve and spice. Velvet-smooth and long on the finish. Should continue to improve in the bottle with the optimum drinkability continuing through 2017.<br/><br/> <strong>Winemaker Notes:</strong> 2008 in Napa Valley was a low-yielding vintage in terms of pounds of fruit per vine. It should come as no surprise then that the wines show focus and very good concentration. Spring was exceptionally dry and cold with 24 days of frost-one of the first steps on the path to a small crop. Summer was cool with a few heat spikes in August. Harvest for Merlot came in a rush, taking place during a short 3-week period from September 8th to September 30th. Ripeness in both flavors and tannins was very even and acid balance was superb.<br/><br/> <strong>Vineyard:</strong> Merlot: Entirely from Oakville vineyards owned or controlled by Swanson. Fifty percent from our mid-valley Oakville Cross Road Estate, 50% from two small vineyards near the flank of the Mayacamas range in Oakville. Contributes flesh and velvety texture to the blend. Cabernet Sauvignon: Exclusively from a small vineyard estate in the center of Rutherford appellation. Provides a core of ripe tannin for structure. Petit Verdot: A very small block in the Oak Knoll district just south of Yountville on the valley's eastern edge. Low-yielding vines provide fruit with excellent acidity, color, and spice.<br/><br/> About The Winery: We are a family winery founded on a passion for evolving the existing standards of wine and food. In the 1950s, long before founding Swanson Vineyards, the Swanson family introduced the first lifestyle product, Swanson frozen dinners, which helped women get out of the kitchen and enjoy life.<br/><br/> In 1985, at his 25th Stanford University reunion, W. Clarke Swanson, Jr. was inspired by a tip from a fraternity brother and successful vintner to purchase a parcel of vineyard land on the Oakville Cross Road in the heart of Napa Valley.<br/><br/> Clarke immediately hired André Tchelistcheff, one of the century’s most influential winemakers, as a consultant to help determine how to make the best use of the vineyards. For André the answer was to plant the then relatively unknown variety merlot—a move that would shape the future of Swanson Vineyards.<br/><br/> The family continues to expand the simple and sensual pleasures of life through Swanson Vineyards. With an eye toward quality, relevance and innovation, the next generation is enticing a whole new audience with a progressive approach to wine, food and the good life.<br/><br/> About The Winemakers: By the summer of 1987 the vineyards were replanted, and André made another influential suggestion—to hire the young novice talent Marco Cappelli to oversee winemaking. Marco, a first-generation Italian-American, was 26 and hired based on André’s gut instinct. It was a wise decision; Marco’s distinctive wines became the founding flavors of Swanson Vineyards.<br/><br/> For the rest of his life André lent his visionary talents to our winemaking pursuits, meeting with Marco biweekly and consulting on matters of the vine and winery. Marco remained Swanson's winemaker for seventeen years, after which he purchased his own vineyard in the California Foothills. Marco is currently making four dessert wines for Swanson, which include Angelica, Crepuscule, Arsene, and Les Trois Filles.<br/><br/> In 2003, Swanson Vineyards was fortunate to obtain the talent of Chris Phelps as its new winemaker. Chris has had an illustrious career in the wine industry, first as winemaker at Dominus for twelve years and at Caymus Vineyards for six years. His wines are more refined and sophisticated than ever, yet they remain delightfully accessible and approachable—the perfect embodiment of our trademark decadence with a wink.<br/><br/> Technical Analysis: <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 14.8%<br/><br/>

About This Wine: The 2008 Swanson Oakville Merlot is a charming wine, reminiscent more of the Right Bank of Bordeaux than Napa Valley. The nose offers black cherry, plum, and dried red cherry with notes of well-integrated sweet oak and mocha. Firm, ripe tannins characteristic of our Oakville Estate vineyard fill the palate nicely. In the mouth look for raspberry, black cherry, and red licorice. The Petite Verdot contributes a graceful top note of verve and spice. Velvet-smooth and long on the finish. Should continue to improve in the bottle with the optimum drinkability continuing through 2017.<br/><br/> <strong>Winemaker Notes:</strong> 2008 in Napa Valley was a low-yielding vintage in terms of pounds of fruit per vine. It should come as no surprise then that the wines show focus and very good concentration. Spring was exceptionally dry and cold with 24 days of frost-one of the first steps on the path to a small crop. Summer was cool with a few heat spikes in August. Harvest for Merlot came in a rush, taking place during a short 3-week period from September 8th to September 30th. Ripeness in both flavors and tannins was very even and acid balance was superb.<br/><br/> <strong>Vineyard:</strong> Merlot: Entirely from Oakville vineyards owned or controlled by Swanson. Fifty percent from our mid-valley Oakville Cross Road Estate, 50% from two small vineyards near the flank of the Mayacamas range in Oakville. Contributes flesh and velvety texture to the blend. Cabernet Sauvignon: Exclusively from a small vineyard estate in the center of Rutherford appellation. Provides a core of ripe tannin for structure. Petit Verdot: A very small block in the Oak Knoll district just south of Yountville on the valley's eastern edge. Low-yielding vines provide fruit with excellent acidity, color, and spice.<br/><br/> About The Winery: We are a family winery founded on a passion for evolving the existing standards of wine and food. In the 1950s, long before founding Swanson Vineyards, the Swanson family introduced the first lifestyle product, Swanson frozen dinners, which helped women get out of the kitchen and enjoy life.<br/><br/> In 1985, at his 25th Stanford University reunion, W. Clarke Swanson, Jr. was inspired by a tip from a fraternity brother and successful vintner to purchase a parcel of vineyard land on the Oakville Cross Road in the heart of Napa Valley.<br/><br/> Clarke immediately hired André Tchelistcheff, one of the century’s most influential winemakers, as a consultant to help determine how to make the best use of the vineyards. For André the answer was to plant the then relatively unknown variety merlot—a move that would shape the future of Swanson Vineyards.<br/><br/> The family continues to expand the simple and sensual pleasures of life through Swanson Vineyards. With an eye toward quality, relevance and innovation, the next generation is enticing a whole new audience with a progressive approach to wine, food and the good life.<br/><br/> About The Winemakers: By the summer of 1987 the vineyards were replanted, and André made another influential suggestion—to hire the young novice talent Marco Cappelli to oversee winemaking. Marco, a first-generation Italian-American, was 26 and hired based on André’s gut instinct. It was a wise decision; Marco’s distinctive wines became the founding flavors of Swanson Vineyards.<br/><br/> For the rest of his life André lent his visionary talents to our winemaking pursuits, meeting with Marco biweekly and consulting on matters of the vine and winery. Marco remained Swanson's winemaker for seventeen years, after which he purchased his own vineyard in the California Foothills. Marco is currently making four dessert wines for Swanson, which include Angelica, Crepuscule, Arsene, and Les Trois Filles.<br/><br/> In 2003, Swanson Vineyards was fortunate to obtain the talent of Chris Phelps as its new winemaker. Chris has had an illustrious career in the wine industry, first as winemaker at Dominus for twelve years and at Caymus Vineyards for six years. His wines are more refined and sophisticated than ever, yet they remain delightfully accessible and approachable—the perfect embodiment of our trademark decadence with a wink.<br/><br/> Technical Analysis: <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 14.8%<br/><br/>

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