Swanson Napa Valley Merlot 2019
Blend: 76% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon
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Founded in 1985, Swanson's mission is to strive to elevate cuisine with wines that marry the impeccable quality of Napa Valley fruit with the sensual character of old-world winemaking traditions to continue to glorify everyday rituals and prove that what even might be thought of as mundane can be elegant.
As Napa Valley’s third most planted grape, Napa Valley Merlot shows time and time again its potential to produce exceptional results. Napa’s vaunted combination of climate, soil and the human factor of winemaking expertise lead to big, ripe, cellar-worthy and world-class versions.
Whether made by itself in single varietal bottlings or as an important role in Bordeaux Blends, Merlot continues a prominent role in this famous region. While Cabernet typically takes the lead role, Merlot’s contribution—even at 10% to 20% or so—is significant indeed. Often described as “the flesh on Cabernet’s bones,” Merlot lends a soft, round and plush character that beautifully complements Cabernet’s linear, full-throttle structure. Its flavors of plums plus subtle herbs and mint also dovetail nicely with Cabernet’s blackberry and cassis.