Joseph Swan Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2009

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Joseph Swan Vineyards:
The winery was named by Joe Swan when he founded it thirty years ago. Joe came to winemaking from an unlikely background. In 1967 he purchased a small farm on Laguna Road near the town of Forestville in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County. The property consisted of 13 acres of old Zinfandel vines, fruit trees and pasture along with several structures including an old barn and a nearly 10... Read more
The winery was named by Joe Swan when he founded it thirty years ago. Joe came to winemaking from an unlikely background. In 1967 he purchased a small farm on Laguna Road near the town of Forestville in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County. The property consisted of 13 acres of old Zinfandel vines, fruit trees and pasture along with several structures including an old barn and a nearly 100 year old house. In addition to the physical attributes, it included an interesting history. The house once housed the post office of the village of Trenton along with the general store and telephone exchange. The first few vintages were made in the cellar of the house and then later in the barn. In 1974, with the help of a few friends (including Joel Peterson who would make his first Ravenswood wines here in 1976), he erected what we jokingly refer to as the tin shed. Joe wasn't interested in fancy buildings, formal gardens, and other fancy trappingsÑhe only wanted a safe, secure place to make wine. Read less
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Tasting Notes:

A bit of a conundrum. Initially quite lees-y (aged on the lees with the lees stirred during most of its barrel aging regime), with a bit of air it opens to reveal ripe lemon, a little stone fruit (white peach), and faint floral notes. In the mouth it is quite rich. Far from being a tropical fruit bowl or butterball, it is still a mouthful. Wonderful acidity keeps the richness in check. I have tasted several bottles, each over several days time, and actu- ally preferred the wine on the second and third days. Other bottles, opened with friends, never got the opportunity to make it past the first night. Despite the predominance of Saralee’s, it still reminds me of a couple of Joe Swan’s chardonnays from the late 70’s that are still wonderful today. Despite that, I have no real idea where this wine is going to go but am putting several cases in the library—just in case

84 cases produced.


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