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We Speak Wine USD 21.99 750ml

Swanson Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley 2015

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Growing Season: 2015 provided an excellent growing season for our Merlot vines. Naturally low yields from a cool period of weather during fruit-set gave us concentrated grapes and open, disease free clusters. Warm to moderate temperatures throughout the year, helped preserve acidity, whilst rapidly generating sugars. One of earliest harvest’s on record, meant we had picked out the blocks in mid-September, harvesting grapes that were perfectly ripe, intense and delightfully aromatic with a perfect balance of acidity. Vineyards: 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 these vineyards means that even in the hottest months, the delicate grapes are protected from the sun, ensuring lush flavors and ripe tannins. Winemaker's Notes: In the glass, our 2015 Napa Valley Merlot offers intense aromas of plum, crushed red fruits and dried oregano, developing into more floral tones of violets and wet slate. The palate displays generous layers of red fruits, ripe plum, brown sugar and blackcurrants with more savory characteristics of seasoned leather and black tea on the finish. Texturally soft with firm tannins, which provide structure, this wine shows balance and persistence throughout the palate. - Robin Akhurst, Winemaker COMPOSITION: 79% Merlot 12% Petit Verdot 9% Cabernet Sauvignon

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Swanson Vineyards and Winery:
The Swanson products and philosophy celebrate decadence with a wink -- the sublime mixing of the high with the low. We glorify day-to-day living by introducing luxury products that were once considered stuffy and intimidating in a delightful and accessible manner. We encourage you to plop ice cubes in your glass of Rosato during the summertime; savor the naughty combination of chocolate bonb... Read more
The Swanson products and philosophy celebrate decadence with a wink -- the sublime mixing of the high with the low. We glorify day-to-day living by introducing luxury products that were once considered stuffy and intimidating in a delightful and accessible manner. We encourage you to plop ice cubes in your glass of Rosato during the summertime; savor the naughty combination of chocolate bonbons with estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon; or serve American caviar and potato chips with Pinot Grigio -- just because you want to. Read less

External Reviews for Swanson Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
12/06/2018

Growing Season: 2015 provided an excellent growing season for our Merlot vines. Naturally low yields from a cool period of weather during fruit-set gave us concentrated grapes and open, disease free clusters. Warm to moderate temperatures throughout the year, helped preserve acidity, whilst rapidly generating sugars. One of earliest harvest’s on record, meant we had picked out the blocks in mid-September, harvesting grapes that were perfectly ripe, intense and delightfully aromatic with a perfect balance of acidity. Vineyards: 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 these vineyards means that even in the hottest months, the delicate grapes are protected from the sun, ensuring lush flavors and ripe tannins. Winemaker's Notes: In the glass, our 2015 Napa Valley Merlot offers intense aromas of plum, crushed red fruits and dried oregano, developing into more floral tones of violets and wet slate. The palate displays generous layers of red fruits, ripe plum, brown sugar and blackcurrants with more savory characteristics of seasoned leather and black tea on the finish. Texturally soft with firm tannins, which provide structure, this wine shows balance and persistence throughout the palate. - Robin Akhurst, Winemaker COMPOSITION: 79% Merlot 12% Petit Verdot 9% Cabernet Sauvignon


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2013 02/05/2017

VINEYARDS: From two highly regarded merlot vineyards located in the Napa Valley‘s heart, Oakville. Farmed impeccably we are able to adjust our yield each year to achieve the ripeness levels we desire. Favoring quality over quantity, we deliberately keep our crop low, allowing for a long hang time on the vine, building intense flavors and retaining natural acidity. WINEMAKER’S NOTES: Expressive aromas of plums, crushed rip cherry’s and a touch of cassis surround the opaque red-purple hue of this full bodied merlot. On the palate the tannins are powerful and balanced perfectly with the flavors of red fruits, pomegranate, cedar wood and a touch of dried oregano. A wine that will develop gracefully over the next 7-10 years. COMPOSITION: 81% Merlot 12% Cabernet Sauvignon 7% Petit Verdot


External Review
Vintage: 2009 02/12/2013

Swanson's Merlot is really layered and complex in the 2009 vintage. The aromatics are deep and brooding - dark cherry, mocha, vanilla and leather, with lots of extraction and a rich mouthfeel.



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