Swanson Vineyards

2012 Napa Valley Chardonnay


California: Napa Valley

Offer Expired:Feb 27, 2014 at 11:59 pm
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Mission Briefing


Swan Song

Today’s Swanson Vineyards 2012 Napa Valley Chardonnay is a soft, elegant and oh so delicious wine that is absolutely perfect on the winter celebration table. That said, though, we’ll be holding several bottles for warmer weather. Warm weather or cool, this wine will thrill any lover of exceptional Chardonnay.

Made by wine legend Chris Phelps, this wine is a delicious treat made for the winery’s special reserve tier, earning the wine their special Salon Wine Selection label. Enjoy the lovely brightness and balanced flavors of this wine with a wide variety of food pairings - or sip it all on its own. Whether you enjoy the wine by the fireside this winter, or with your favorite springtime fare, you’ll be very happy that you purchased such a fantastic Chardonnay.

Tasting Profile


Pale, light golden hued throughout, and perfectly diffuse from center to rim.


Bright and airy on the nose, with notes of tart apple, lemongrass, lime flower, orange blossom, and jasmine.


Crisp and wonderfully refreshing, with notes of Meyer lemon, white peach, guava, vanilla bean, molasses, and lavender.


Elegant and long lasting on the finish, with a subtle brown sugar sweetness at the end of the palate.


We would recommend a casserole of artichoke hearts stuffed with freshly grated Romano cheese and garlic.

What the Winery Says

2012 was just about a picture-perfect growing season in Napa Valley for all varietals. Generous rainfall in March and even temperatures in April and May were ideal for bud break and bloom. Long, warm days and cool, often foggy nights throughout the season led to a late-September harvest for this variety. Yield was just slightly above normal, and the fruit exhibited bright aromatics and acid balance. The grapes were gently cold-pressed immediately upon arrival at the winery. The final blend was 100% Chardonnay.

This 2012 Chardonnay evokes the style of a good French Chablis – excellent varietal character, yet with a modest alcohol. Aromas of ripe guava, melon and Meyer lemon are present. This full-bodied wine coats the palate, showing flavors of wild honey, peach, apple and citrus. The firm acidity of this wine will assure excellent drinkability through at least 2016. Try matching this wine with scallops or grilled chicken

Chris Phelps
Napa Valley, California
Vineyard Designation
64% Beckstoer Carneros Lake Vineyard, 36% Oakville Estate Vineyard
Winemaking Notes
Cold-fermented in French oak barrels, with weekly lees stirring for 6 months

About the Winery

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. 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.

Winemaker Robin Akhurst

Robin Akhurst’s road to Napa took him around the globe through eight consecutive and exhausting harvests, picking up an impressive list of mentors along the way. Robin came to Napa Valley in 2009, working with winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown of Outpost and Schrader Cellars. He joined Envy Cellars as winemaker in 2010 where he has made the highly regarded Envy and Carter wines. A native of Scotland, Robin brings vast international experience from the cellars of New Zealand (where he received a graduate degree in viticulture and enology from Lincoln University in Christchurch), France** and Australia including Two Hands Winery in the Barossa Valley and Domaine Leflaive in Burgundy.

Robin deftly leads the winemaking team, including Assistant Winemaker Tony Herrera, who has been with us for 11 years, and Chris Phelps with his new, honorable “Winemaker Emeritus” title. Not only do we have the continuity of our seasoned team, we have a fresh and talented new palate to help guide the Swanson wines to the next level. Marco Capelli continues to make the Swanson Vineyards dessert wines including Angelica, Crepescule and Tardif.

Vineyard Notes

Swanson Vineyards’ alluvial soils are part of geologic history dating back to the formation of Napa Valley where frequent flooding of the Napa River over the millennia laid down clay loam sediment. It is here in the heart of Oakville that our 100 acres produce wines of great elegance and finesse.

Sustainable Farming Practices

Certified as sustainably farmed by Fish Friendly Farming, Swanson Vineyards’ wines owe their wonderful aromas, flavors and complexities to the soil and vineyard management. The vines are nurtured by the use of spacing, and trellis systems all selected to parallel the capabilities of the soil. Our mission is to ensure that the potential of our vineyards is captured and reflected in our wines.

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