2007 Swanson Merlot

Year: 2007
Appellation: Oakville, Napa Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 87
Wine Advocate: 87
Connoisseurs' Guide: 87
Wine Enthusiast: 94
Red Wine
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"This red is well-focused but still tightly wound, with floral red currant and dried sage aromas and firm, tannic flavors of plum, cedar and tomato leaf. Best from 2012 through 2018. 9,265 cases made. " (WS)

"The dark plum-colored 2007 Merlot displays notes of chocolate, mocha, roasted herbs, and some toasty oak in a medium-bodied, fruitier style. It should drink well for 7-8 years. " (WA)

"A touch of dark chocolate and random hints of herbs sit lightly atop rich, well-ripened, cherryish fruit first in the nose and then again in the tannin-framed flavors of this somewhat backward youngster, and, while we like its sense of potency and depth, it is a Merlot meant for aging rather than one that invites drinking any time soon. Reviewed: November 2011" (CG)

"One of the best Merlots of the vintage, at a good price for the quality. Shows a structural quality and ripeness that are pure Oakville, with ultra-refined tannins, good acidity and plush, complex flavors of black cherries, red currants and licorice that go on and on into a long, spicy finish. New oak comprises 40% of the barrels, and adds beautiful notes of toast and warmth." (WE)

"Nothing subtle about this strongly flavored Merlot, which smacks of perfectly ripened red and black currants, toasty oak and violets. It’s a big, flashy, full-bodied wine and also a very tannic one. Best to age for a few years, or at least give it long decanting." (WE)

Winery Notes:
The 2007 Swanson Oakville Merlot is a very tightly-focused ode to the wines of the Right Bank of Bordeaux. The nose offers mocha and black cherry. Firm, sweet, silky tannins provide give away the fact that this wine is from Oakville. Raspberry, black cherry and red licorice contribute to the complex flavors. Should age very nicely through at least 2015.