Swanson Vineyards’ Salon (tasting room) is open by appointment only Wednesday through Sunday and offers an elaborate seated tasting experience. The Salon is located at 1271 Manley Lane in Rutherford and can be reached at 707/967-3500. Swanson Vineyards owns 140 acres in Oakville and is the largest single estate-sourced producer of Merlot in the Napa Valley.
Current releases are:
2002 Merlot ($32);
2002 Alexis, a proprietary Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend ($58)
2005 Pinot Grigio ($20).
Swanson’s red wines carry an Oakville appellation; the Pinot Grigio, although primarily from Oakville, also contains fruit from Lee Hudson’s ranch in Carneros.
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