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
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.
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.