Joseph Swan Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Cuvee de Trois 2007
Pinot Noir from Russian River, California
#34 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2009
Jim Laube's notes on our wines were very good. Of the C3 he wrote "shows this iconic Sonoma winery at its best, with a terrific wine at a great price". He goes on, "Shows wonderful balance and purity of flavor, depth and complexity built around spicy wild berry, black cherry, mineral, anise and spice... Full-bodied, fresh and lively. The finish sails on. Drink now through 2013." I couldn't have said it better. On a final note: wine from the same four vineyards (I know, I can't count) went into this wine as has been the case for several years. The blend is never the same as we attempt to make not only the best vineyard wines but the best Cuvée de Trois each year.
Wine Spectator - "Offers great balance and purity of flavor, depth and complexity built around spicy wild berry, black cherry, mineral, anise and spice. Full-bodied, fresh and lively. The finish sails on. Drink now through 2013. 1,900 cases made."
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About Russian River
The Russian River Valley is named as such due to its proximity to the Russian River, the river itself named for the Russian fur traders who came down from Alaska in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The Russian River is agricultural land. While there is a focus on wine, beyond the vineyards are many small, family-owned farms cultivating everything from cattle to Christmas trees.
Notable FactsThe proximity of this cool river and the rolling fogs from the Pacific Ocean make the area amenable to cool-climate grapes like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. In fact, the region is quite known for its full-bodied, yet elegant Pinot Noir, as well as their ripe, yet lean Chardonnays. Within Russian River Valley lie the smaller appellations of Chalk Hill and Green Valley. Chalk Hill is the warmer of the two and furthest from the ocean, while Green Valley is cooler and closer to the water.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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