Joseph Swan Vineyards

707-573-3747 2916 Laguna Rd.
Forestville, CA 95436
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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. – Description from Alejandro

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  • Mourvèdre

    History of the grape: Monastrell is a native of Spain, first grown in Murviedro near Valencia, and was eventually bro...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • DOing a tasting tonight04 Janz Sparkling - Tasmania05 E&E Sparkling SHiraz08 Mesh Riesling Clare/Eden Valley Blend [half Grosset half Yalumba hence Mesh]08 O'Leary Walker Polish Hill Riesling Clare16 Orlando ST Helga Riesling Eden Valley05 Zeghesio Zinfandel02 Yalumba Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Blend05 McWilliams 1877 Cabernet Sauvignon/S... Read More

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  • Joseph Swan Vineyards Zinfandel Russian River Valley Mancini Ranch 2011

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    Quite tart. Red fruit. Maybe, OK, I know its not red, blueberry. There is sweetness to the berry flavor, but it is not too serious. There also seems to be some spicinessnot pepper or anything like that, but, more, a suggestion of cinnamon or cuminOK, maybe its a texture thing more than a tastelike these powdered spices have been dissolved in ... Read More

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  • Great 1st day.  Weather was off and on all day, showers, sun, hail, more rain, cool, warm, ... Here's what the six happy travelers did today:Martinelliwww.wineroad.com/events/barrel-tastingCarol SheltonInspirationBenoviaJoseph SwanMoshin Barrel tasting started at 11am but since we're still kind of on East Coast time we all woke up early and were... Read More

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  • The CFO and I and four others are back in CA doing a weeks worth of tasting.  Today is the Sonoma Barrel tasting to be followed by a couple more days in Sonoma and two days in Napa. Reports to follow. Read More

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  • Joseph Swan Viognier Catie's Corner Russian River Valley 2009

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    No written review

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  • Hi everyone.  This is my first post on the boards.  My wife and I are doing a long weekend in Healdsburg (Jan 15-17) and Yountville (Jan 17-19) over MLK weekend and were looking for some recommendations on wineries to visit.  We tend to like more full bodied red wines, but are open to other wines as well. We are from New York and want to focus o... Read More

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  • Joseph Swan Vineyards Pinot Noir Trenton View Vineyard 2010

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    Just a fantastic Russian River pinot. Loads of bright bing cherry, red cherry, some really nice mid-palate spiceness - all wrapped around mouth tingling acidity and fine grained tannins. Love it! Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Snapped this shot a couple months ago when we were racking some Pinot for Ancillary and Patiné. Check out the shadow, "Fill 'er up!" So what Pinot Noir have you enjoyed lately. What characteristics did you like about it? What food did you pair it with?Tonight I'm opening a 2011 Copain "Les Voisins" Pinot Noir for a number of reasons.I haven't ta... Read More

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  • Here's the report from our trip to the Russian River area and Mendocino.Our normal routine is to split one tasting and then buy one or two bottles of what tasted best.  I find that we can do an adequate job of tasting, visit a decent number of wineries and still be standing at the end of the day.  We visit places which welcome walk-ins and we al... Read More

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  • 1. We'll be staying in our favorite Forestville B&B.2. We'll be arriving mid-aftenoon Sunday (10/6) and leaving early Wednesday.3. We've enjoyed quite a few places in the past, from large (Rodney Strong, Simi, Korbel) to very small (Scherrer, Frick, Adrian Fog) and everything in between.  Here are some places on my still to do list, any recommen... Read More

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