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A renown figure in Northern California winemaking, Joseph Swan is rightfully recognized as a master of Pinot Noir and Zinfandel in the region. The vineyard for this cuvee is in the the Riebli Valley, farmed by the same family since 1906. This is upper Russian River Valley terroir, where the cool climate winemaking retrains the intense spice of some Zinfandel for a more tart blue-fruited profile. This is an far more elegant wine than the monstrously large Zins commonly found in Lodi and Paso, from a winery with over 40 years of experience.
Notes from the importer (Skurnik)
"Deep ruby color. Although we have only been making wine from this vineyard for three years, it exhibits what I have come to view as a classic Bastoni nose of deep blue tinged fruit, like a cross between boysenberries and blueberries. There is also a slight hint of cooking spice, perhaps cardamom, and much less pepper than we see in the lower Russian River Valley zins. Good but not overwhelming tannin and acidity and medium to full body.
Joe really believed that, when it came to grape growing and winemaking, small was beautiful. A small vineyard could be tended by one person. Small crops led to more intense, ageworthy wines. A small winery allowed you to oversee every aspect from fermentation to bottling. Joe was a perfectionist and felt that if the wine was to carry his name, then he should be personally responsible for every aspect of its production. In 1967 he purchased a small farm on Laguna Road near the town of Forestville in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County and Joe Swan Vineyards was established."