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Date Printed: 9/19/2014
Swanson Oakville Merlot 2008
Swanson Oakville Merlot 2008
(search item no. 114362)

PRICE ON 9/19/2014: $26.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

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.
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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."