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Swanson Napa Valley Merlot 2016

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750ML / 14.8% ABV
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750ML / 14.8% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Deep dark in glass with gorgeous aromas of blue fruit, pie crust and a touch of coconut husk. On the palate the rich texture combines well with the full-bodied tannins and ripe plum and cassis flavors. Layers of fruit intertwine with subtle secondary flavors of briar, cigar box and touch of graphite minerality.

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 this vineyard mean that even in the hottest months the delicate grapes are protected from the sun, ensuring lush flavors and ripe tannins.

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RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Merlot (a barrel sample) has a nose of plums, flowers and herbs with earthy undertones. The full-bodied palate has good concentration and is very firm and chewy, showing oak nuances and finishing long and savory.
Range: 88-90
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Swanson, California
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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."
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Undoubtedly proving its merit over and over, Napa Valley is a now a leading force in the world of prestigious red wine regions. Though Cabernet Sauvignon dominates Napa Valley, other red varieties certainly thrive here. Important but often overlooked include Merlot and other Bordeaux varieties well-regarded on their own as well as for their blending capacities. Very old vine Zinfandel represents an important historical stronghold for the region and Pinot noir is produced in the cooler southern parts, close to the San Pablo Bay.

Perfectly situated running north to south, the valley acts as a corridor, pulling cool, moist air up from the San Pablo Bay in the evenings during the hot days of the growing season, which leads to even and slow grape ripening. Furthermore the valley claims over 100 soil variations including layers of volcanic, gravel, sand and silt—a combination excellent for world-class red wine production.

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