Swanson Vineyards

Winemaker's Selection
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

2013 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 17 | Lot No. 98


Swanson Vineyards

Winemaker's Selection

Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

5 cases produced

Winemaker Chris Phelps was given free rein in creating this Premiere wine, and he chose to collaborate with consultant Guillaume Thienpont from Vieux Château Certan in Pomerol. Guillaume’s experience, (Châteaux Margaux, Domaine Jean Grivot, Ornellaia) brought a fresh perspective to Chris’ own background (Dominus, Caymus, Chateau Pétrus) to create this single-barrel blend. The wine is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, a blend from ultra-premium Howell Mountain, Oakville and Yountville vineyard blocks, and 5% Merlot. The Cabernet components are the crème de la crème of Swanson’s 2011 vintage, and exhibit tannin ripeness and luscious black fruits. The Merlot, from a block adjacent to the Oakville To Kalon vineyards, softens the grip of the Cabernet, and adds flesh to the mid-palate.

Aging Process

30-day average maceration on skins. ML in barrel. 20 months in French oak barrels, 60% new.

Wine Facts

  • pH: 3.72
  • Wine is unfiltered
  • Sustainably produced

Tasting Chart

bone dry very sweet
light body very full bodied
soft, gentle very crisp
no tannins heavy tannins

Chris Phelps

Winemaker, Swanson Vineyards

Winemaker, Chris Phelps

Founding winemaker, Dominus Estate, 1984-1996; Caymus Vineyards, 1996-2003; and Swanson Vineyards, 2003-present

Country born: United States

Education: Louis M. Martini, 6-month internship, 1980
BS Enology/Fermentation Science, UC Davis, 1981
Advanced enology studies, University of Bordeaux, 1981-1982
Chateau des Laurets, Puisseguin-St. Emilion, internship 1982
Mentors: Michael Martini, Jean-Claude Berrouet, Christian Moueix, Chuck Wagner

Years in the wine industry: 30+ years

Winemaking Philosophy:
My approach is minimalist, with the appropriate use of technology, a reliance upon intution, a respect of terroir, and a team approach with excellent communication between cellar and vineyard

St. Francis Yacht Club

700 Marina Boulevard
San Francisco  CA  94123

Premiere Napa Valley Wine Collection

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Paraduxx 2011 Red Wine Napa Valley Premiere Blend 17
Swanson Vineyards 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Winemaker's Selection 17
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