2016 Joseph Swan 'Cuvée de Trois' Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, California
How many Pinot Noir producers can say they have a highly regarded clone of Pint Noir named after them?? Swan can! This legendary producer has "quietly" been making some of the purest, wildest, most unspoilt expressions of Russian River Pinot Noir for DECADES! This cuvée is sourced from the Trenton Estate Vineyard, Trenton View Vineyard, Saralee’s Vineyard, Catie’s Corner, Ritchie Vineyard, Solas, and Great Oak Vineyard. Each vineyard block was fermented separately, with 15-20% whole cluster depending on the vineyard. Punch downs were done three times a day during peak fermentation, with an average of 21 days on the skins. Wine was aged for 10 months in French oak (16% new) and bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Tasting notes- Springtime in the forest, flowers and new growth along with wild berries. In the mouth, more structure and tannic than previous vintages, but still supple. Flavors of wild dark berries and cardamom. Typical of the 2016 vintage for Russian River Valley Pinots, darker fruits with a bit more muscle. Seriously good juice.