2010 Oakville Merlot
California: Napa Valley: Oakville
Today’s 2010 Swanson Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot represents the sixth successive vintage of this fantastic wine that we have presented to you. Dark, plush and balanced with bold, bright flavors, today’s wine is among the best we have featured from Swanson.
Merlot makes for one of the most food friendly wines, and today’s example reinforces this notion. We paired ours with a delicious homemade pizza with marinara, fresh mozzarella, pineapple and Italian sausage. Juicy and bright, the wine provided the perfect palate cleanser, between bites.
Complex, balanced and very approachable, today’s fantastic wine earns our highest recommendation for a Merlot. Swanson Vineyards is best-known for their Merlot, and today’s stunning example clearly illustrates why, vintage after vintage, they earn our highest respect.
Enjoy now, but please hold a handful of bottles for the next several years. The wine will only continue to get better and better. Decant for best results.
Deepest garnet hues with a translucent core and ruby colored edges.
Massive and lush with layered aromas that just leap from the glass. Plum, blueberry, black cherry, blackberry and dark chocolate out in front. Dried dark roses and violets follow on, joined closely by sweet spice, sweet tobacco and sweet cedar.
Long and lingering with dark fruits and black pepper gradually giving way to a plushness at the edges of the palate.
Bold and youthful, this wine has a powerful beginning that settles in once it has had a chance to breathe. Dark fruit that gradually yields to bramble as a soft, subtle minerality spreads a growing dryness across the palate. At the tail end, flint and black pepper persist for a while longer.
Enjoy this full bodied wine with a Lamb tenderloin with Chianti raspberry sauce - or all on its own.