New Year's Gifts / Swanson Vineyards Oakville Merlot + Dark Chocolate Truffles, 16 pieces
Swanson Vineyards Oakville Merlot, Napa Valley + Dark Chocolate Truffles, 16 pieces Swanson's 2010 Oakville Merlot opens with a bouquet of black cherry and plum, leading to powerful notes of espresso and smoked berries. Its fine-grained tannins linger on the palate and transform as they combine with dark chocolate. The perfect gift for the sophisticated connoisseur! Each box includes 16 truffles, a bottle of hand-selected wine, tasting notes and pairing suggestions. DELIVERY NOTE: We cannot ship wine internationally or to the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, and Utah. In all other states, delivery requires signature from recipient age 21 or over. Processed on equipment that also processes Milk, Soy, Peanuts and Tree Nuts. Consume truffles within 14 days. LWH: 16.5" x 8.5" x 4"
"In the past, I was silenced for even suggesting a Cabernet Sauvignon was a suitable pairing with dark chocolate, though I was convinced the duo was divine. So I insisted and matched each truffle collection to one of my favorite wines, synchronizing origins and complementary flavor notes in the wine and chocolate."
Swanson's Merlot grapes bask in the sunlight of two estate vineyards: the mid-valley Oakville Cross Road vineyard and the Schmidt Vineyards, adjacent to the Mayacamas Mountains. This round and supple Merlot (blended with a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah) expresses ripe, juicy flavors on your palate almost immediately, followed by an undercurrent of smoke and espresso. Winemaker Chris Phelps describes the wine as an "iron fist in a velvet glove wine, with the extract and power expected of its Oakville provenance, yet possessing the finesse, grace and complexity of a right-bank Bordeaux."