Swanson Napa valley 'Cygnet' 2011 Merlot,
$13.59-$31.99, 91 points, poured an opaque Bordeaux red wine color with a moderately broad clear wine ring and heavy legs.
Aromatic fruity aroma was accented with juniper, chocolate, and a whiff of the 14.6% alcohol.
Near full-bodied with good acidity and firm grainy tannins was nevertheless comfortably smooth.
Plum, black and red raspberry, mushroom, and tart pomegranate flavors were excellent.
Finished long on the trailing palate and a warm alcohol inspirited spiciness.
Varietals were 78% Merlot and 22% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Paired well with our teriyaki meatballs, briny goat's cheese, and buttered asparagus.
Swanson Napa valley 'Cygnet. 2011 Merlot was a surprisingly good red wine with a high value closeout QPR.
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