A wine this exquisite can only come from a very enchanting winery. Swanson Vineyards, located just off of Hwy. 29 between Yountville and St. Helena, specializes in small lot wines, in this case less than 1,000 cases.
Made from Cabernet Sauvignon (94%) and Merlot (6%), this Swanson Cab underwent natural malolactic fermentation and then spent 18 months in new and 1 year old oak barrels. Rated 93 points by WineAlign.com, noted critic David Lawrason says of Swanson Cabernet ”It captures the essence of the style with ripe blackcurrant/plummy fruit, some herbal/minty character, nicely honed vanillin and some pepper.”
As expected from a wine of this quality, it’s rich and full-bodied with massive flavors and the velvety tannins linger, giving longevity to the palate.
The 2018 vintage can be summed up as a “Classic” Napa Valley vintage and definitely one to follow closely. Priced at just 44.95 this is a cellar gem to snap up while it lasts.
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