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Date Printed: 10/21/2014
Swanson Oakville Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2005
Swanson Oakville Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2005
(search item no. 99055)
The Wine News rating: 92 points
Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $17.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2005 Swanson Oakville Merlot 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. Smokey blackberry and black licorice aromas. Round, ripe and supple, with lingering thickness and fine-grained tannin on the palate, echoing very nicely the aforementioned aromas. While certainly drinkable today, this Merlot will continue to cellar nicely for 6 to 8 more years.
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About Swanson:

Founded by W. Clarke Swanson, Jr. in 1985, Swanson Vineyards consists of 140 acres of estate vineyards in the Oakville area of Napa Valley. The winery produces Merlot, Syrah, Sangiovese, Pinot Grigio, a late harvest Semillon, plus their flagship proprietary blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, called "Alexis."