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Joseph Swan Vineyards Zinfandel Russian River Valley Trenton Station Lion Ridge 2005

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I sometimes joke that I never drink zinfandel. Well, that is not true. I simply donít drink a lot of the current manifestations of zinfandel. I like structure in my wines. Fruit is great but without acidity to balance it, wines that by themselves are delicious fail to deliver when it comes to pairing them with food. We are truly blessed here in the Russian River Valley with fruit that ripens fully but still maintains excellent acidities. The fruit usually is very much in the blackberry family. However, this vineyard, while maintaining that excellent structure is very different in its fruit profile. At first I was puzzled. Then I deduced (perhaps correctly!) that since it was on Goldridge soil ( unusual for zinfandel), it should be different. In any event, it is the type of zinfandel I would like to drink often. Very bright, very red fruit. Fresh, focused red berry, ripe red apple and a spicy note with no hint of over-ripeness. In the mouth similar flavors with mouthwatering, refreshing acidity and moderate tannins. This wine is very reminiscent of the Swan zins from the early 70ís from Dry Creek Valley. Hopefully it will age as well!

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Varietal: Zinfandel
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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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Snooth User: Derek67
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2004 09/09/2008

WOW...This zin is loaded with spice and very bright cranberry fruit. The alcohol reads 15%, but it drinks much lighter.



I sometimes joke that I never drink zinfandel. Well, that is not true. I simply donít drink a lot of the current manifestations of zinfandel. I like structure in my wines. Fruit is great but without acidity to balance it, wines that by themselves are delicious fail to deliver when it comes to pairing them with food. We are truly blessed here in the Russian River Valley with fruit that ripens fully but still maintains excellent acidities. The fruit usually is very much in the blackberry family. However, this vineyard, while maintaining that excellent structure is very different in its fruit profile. At first I was puzzled. Then I deduced (perhaps correctly!) that since it was on Goldridge soil ( unusual for zinfandel), it should be different. In any event, it is the type of zinfandel I would like to drink often. Very bright, very red fruit. Fresh, focused red berry, ripe red apple and a spicy note with no hint of over-ripeness. In the mouth similar flavors with mouthwatering, refreshing acidity and moderate tannins. This wine is very reminiscent of the Swan zins from the early 70ís from Dry Creek Valley. Hopefully it will age as well!

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