November 1, 2019
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2012 Joseph Swan Vineyards Trenton Estate Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.7% alc., $55. 12 Pinot Noir clones in this 13- acre vineyard (8 acres of Pinot Noir), including a DRC suitcase selection and several Dijon clones (both young and old vine fruit is included). This is the winery‚Äôs flagship offering, produced since 1973. · Medium reddish purple color in the glass. The nose is pleasant but quite shy, with aromas of black cherry, dried herbs and oak. More expressive on the palate, with mid weight flavors of nicely ripened dark berries and cherries, plum, spice and a hint of vanilla. There is a rustic, savory spice character to this wine that is quite distinctive from other Russian River Valley Pinot Noirs. A complete wine with suede-like tannins (recent vintages have shown more tame tannins than older vintages) that is still young and should be cellared. Trenton Estate Pinot Noirs typically age well into their second decade. Score: 92-93. Reviewed October 6, 2014

Winery: Joseph Swan Vineyards
From article: Recent Sips of Pinot Noir