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2008 Swanson Merlot Oakville (750ml)
Producer: Swanson Vineyards & Winery swansonvineyards.com
Appellation: Oakville - California - United States (AVA)
Type: red
Varietal: Merlot
Maturity: Drink
Rating: n/a
Est. Price: n/a
Related Ratings:
tasted (2007 vintage, 750ml bottle) : July 9, 2012 , bobbyblue
3.5 stars "Color: bright; Nose: fragrant; Aromas: black berry; Acidity: supple; Sweetness: medium dry; Body: medium-bodied; Finish: medium; Overall: pleasant; "
tasted (2010 vintage, 750ml bottle) : May 17, 2014 , Fred Roth
4.5 stars "Color: dark; Nose: fragrant; Acidity: lively; Sweetness: medium dry; Body: medium-bodied; Finish: persistent; Probably our favorite Merlot! Its the Merlot that triggered our interest in California wine."
rated (2005 vintage, 750ml bottle) : March 5, 2009 , Wine News
92 points "WN 92pts. - CG 90pts. - According to the Wine News: Dense purple to the rim. Fresh plum and blueberry aromas with vanillin oak accents. Juicy and thick with ripe blueberry flavors and fine, dusty tannins. Excellent weight with lingering, sweet fruit. Winemaker Notes - The 2005 Swanson Merlot is the 3rd Swanson vintage for which I have been responsible. The task of capturing Merlot at optimum phenolic ripeness may not get easier, but at least we learn more about what to look for with each passing year. The 2005, I believe proves this point. This 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. Smoky blackberry and black licorice aromas. Round, ripe and supple, with lingering thickness and fine-grained tannin on the palate, echoing very nicely the afore-mentioned aromas. While certainly drinkable today, this Merlot will continue to cellar nicely for 6 to 8 more years. " Best 2009-2012