Swanson Vineyards

2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

2015 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 19 | Lot No. 7
Vintage: 2013

Swanson Vineyards

Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

10 cases produced


  • Created by winemaker Chris Phelps and blending consultant Guillaume Thienpont, Vieux Château Certan
  • 50% Clone 337 from a very rocky, southeast-facing slope at Blossom Creek Vineyard in Calistoga
  • 50% Clone 7 from dark gravelly clay loam soil on gentle east-facing slope at Sleeping Lady Vineyard
  • Rich and powerful, yet complex and balanced, with French oak adding silkiness to the aromatic finish


Once again, winemaker Chris Phelps has collaborated with consulting winemaker Guillaume Thienpont from Vieux Château Certan in Pomerol, on the Right Bank of the Bordeaux region. Guillaume’s breadth of experience, from Châteaux Margaux (Médoc) to Domaine Jean Grivot (Vosne-Romanée), to Ornellaia and Le Macchiole (Tuscany) brought additional open-mindedness and perspective to Chris’ own background (Dominus, Caymus, Pétrus) to create this unique 10-case lot. The wine is 100% pure Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Clone 337 from the rocky, southeast slope of Blossom Creek Vineyard in Calistoga, 50% from the gravelly-clay loam of Sleeping Lady Vineyard in Yountville. The bottom line: two accomplished winemakers, the two best Swanson Cabernet lots from a very solid Napa Valley red wine vintage, ONLY 10 cases produced.

Wine Facts

  • Sustainably produced

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

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90 Jefferson Street
Belleville  NJ  07109

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Swanson Vineyards 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 19
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