2010 Swanson Oakville Merlot
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Swanson’s 2010 Merlot reveals a hint of tomato skins intertwined with red and black fruits, soft tannins, an attractive underbelly and texture, good length and a spicy, plump, round, generous mouthfeel. It is an attractive, seductive Merlot to drink over the next 5-6 years.
Swanson has produced 20 vintages of their self-described "Cab lover's Merlot" from their Oakville estate. The estate fruit is complemented by 15% Cabernet Sauvignon from two small blocks in Yountville and Rutherford as well as 2% Petite Verdot from Oak Knoll. Vinification put the grapes went through an extended maceration and the wine was aged for 18 months in half French and half American oak barrels (1/3 new). From the winery: "The 2010 Swanson Oakville Merlot shows an exuberant array of aromas, including plum, black cherry, exotic spices, espresso and sweet vanilla. On the palate, there is excellent definition and considerable power, yet at the same time, the wine is long, graceful and elegant. Our restraint in using just one-third new oak allows the lush fruit and succulent ripe tannins of this wine to be front and center. This Merlot will continue to improve in the bottle, with optimum drinkability from 2015 through 2018."