Wine Review

Color:  Red

Type:  Table

Maturity:  Ready

Appellation:  Oakville
Country:  United States

State:  California

County:  Napa

Region:  North Coast (CA)
Producer Wine Name Varietal Reviewer Rating Vintage Cost
Swanson Vineyards  Alexis  Blended Red Mike Taylor Excellent  2001  $58.00
A sleek sexy bottle dressed in an attractive label is never a reliable indication that the wine inside matches its exterior zest. However, with the 2001 Swanson Alexis the dress matches the body exceedingly well.

On first look, the wine shows a dark ruby core that fades to a purple/ruby rim. The nose is treated graciously to aromas of ripe berries, cinnamon and clove with hints of smoky bacon. Rich flavors of ripe cherries with a hint of currants follow the nose of this full bodied wine. Smooth round tannins contribute a fine astringency and are integrated so well, they roll across the palate. The wine has a persistent intensity and offers diverse complexity. This is a red with overall finesse and is distinguished within its class.

The 2001 Alexis was later paired with fine tenderloin. A mouth full of succulent beef getting splashed with Alexis wraps the palate in rich flavors along with a fully dressed body. The acids display grace as red meets red. This is the epitome of red wine and red meat!
 
 
Recommend This Wine Review

Date added: April 10, 2006
 
Superb: 95-100 | Excellent: 90-94 | Very Good: 85-89 | Good: 80-84 | Ordinary: 75-79 | Undrinkable: 50-74

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