According to Robert Parker - Swanson’s 2010 Merlot reveals a hint of tomato skins intertwined with red and black fruits, soft tannins, an attractive underbelly and texture, good length and a spicy, plump, round, generous mouthfeel. It is an attractive, seductive Merlot to drink over the next 5-6 years.
Winemakers Notes - The 2010 Swanson Oakville Merlot shows an exuberant array of aromas, including plum, black cherry, exotic spices, espresso and sweet vanilla. On the palate, there is excellent definition and considerable power, yet at the same time, the wine is long, graceful and elegant. Our restraint in using just one-third new oak allows the lush fruit and succulent ripe tannins of this wine to be front and center. This Merlot will continue to improve in the bottle, with optimum drinkability from 2015 through 2018.