2011 La Ti Da Red Blend
California: Napa Valley
Well, aren't you fancy?
How do you vacation in French Wine Country without a plane ticket? Simply pop open a bottle of today’s Swanson Vineyards 2011 La Ti Da Red Blend and you will be immediately transported to Bordeaux.
Today’s wine is full of juicy dark fruit, with a lovely softness to the palate that comes directly from Swanson’s hallmark Merlot. The wine was crafted by winemaker Chris Phelps, who perfected his craft at big name wineries such as Chateau Petrus, Dominus, and Caymus before taking over the reins at Swanson.
Please enjoy today’s wine with our boldest recommendation. Cheers!
Deep crimson notes with flecks of red ruby trailing from the center of the glass to the very edge.
Deep black fruit leaps from the glass to greet you, with blackberry and sweet plum framed by bold black licorice, California bay leaf, dried herbes de Provence, sandalwood, and hints of freshly tilled earth.
Incredibly well rounded on the palate, with juicy dark fruit flavors of fresh blackberry, mulberry, and dark cherry mingling with sweet tobacco leaf, dusty sweet earth, dried blueberry, coffee bean, soft dried herbs, toasted oak, and a lingering note of dried rose petal.
Well balanced, and in many ways a classic Bordeaux Red, with great structure and a touch of softness to the mid-palate from the Merlot.
A perfectly grilled filet mignon, finished with a wild mushroom sauce drizzled overtop.
What the Winery Says
In the tradition of WOW!, Chris Phelps created this premium Napa Valley Bourdeaux-style blend - an inky, complex wine with dense black cherry and blackberry flavors and a lingering finish.
La Ti Da may be a whimsical name, but make no mistake about it, this is serious wine! We were given total freedom in making this creative blend, and it came together quite naturally. Look for layers of black fruit and spice both aromatically and in the mouth. Enjoy the finely-textured tannins and balance. Drink this wine with good friends and good food over the next 4 to 6 years.
- Chris Phelps
- Napa Valley, California
- Fruit Variety
- 76% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot
About the Winery
We are thrilled to announce that our vineyards are now certified as sustainably farmed, both by Fish Friendly Farming and Napa Green Certified Land!
Swanson Vineyards owns 100 acres along the Oakville Cross Road in Oakville, located next to Opus One and Silver Oak Cellars. Swanson soils are part of geological history dating back to the formation of Napa Valley. Tectonic-plate movements and volcanic activity pushed up mountains to the east and west of the Napa River, while simultaneously displacing the ocean bottom downward in the southern part of the valley.
The soils on the valley floor are clay loam, alluvial in nature, laid down as sediment from the frequent flooding over the millenia. It is here that our 100 acres produce wines of great elegance and finesse.
It is to these soils that Swanson Vineyards’ wines owe their wonderful aromas, flavors and complexities. The vines are further nurtured by the use of a variety of rootstock, clones, spacing and trellis systems, all selected to enhance the capabilities of the soil. The winemaker’s challenge is to ensure that all the potential of our vineyards is captured and reflected in our wines.