2015 Joseph Swan Pinot Noir Great Oak Vineyard Russian River Valley

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2015 Joseph Swan Pinot Noir Great Oak Vineyard Russian River Valley

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2015 Joseph Swan Pinot Noir Great Oak Vineyard Russian River Valley

Vintage: 2015

Region: Sonoma Coast

Country: USA

Winemaker Notes

Aromas of dark red, almost wild cherry fruit, with a hint of lavender. In the mouth there is a brightness balancing its considerable richness before its long yet zingy finish. The flavors follow from the nose and while it exudes plenty of body, its tannins and acidity keep it freshly in balance. 197 Cases Produced

About Winery

The winery was named by Joe Swan when he founded it forty eight years ago. Joe came to winemaking from an unlikely background. He grew up the son of  teetotaler parents (his mother was in the Women's Christian Temperance Union)  in the farm country of North Dakota. He was an avid reader (there not being a  whole lot else to do), and he happened to read about wine. Not lacking for  imagination but definitely lacking for grapes, he nonetheless set out to make  wine. Using his mother's ringer washing machine, he squeezed the juice from  some rhubarb from the garden, and, in a crock he had secreted in the attic,  proceeded to produce his first "wine". 

History doesn't record the score this first effort received from the critics,  but one can safely assume that it didn't rival his later efforts! Nonetheless,  the beginning of a quest to become a winemaker was born.


Joe really believed that, when it came to grape growing and winemaking, small  was beautiful. A small vineyard could be tended by one person. Small crops led  to more intense, ageworthy wines. A small winery allowed you to oversee every  aspect from fermentation to bottling. Joe was a perfectionist and felt that if  the wine was to carry his name, then he should be personally responsible for  every aspect of its production.
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.

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Winemaker Notes

Aromas of dark red, almost wild cherry fruit, with a hint of lavender. In the mouth there is a brightness balancing its considerable richness before its long yet zingy finish. The flavors follow from the nose and while it exudes plenty of body, its tannins and acidity keep it freshly in balance. 197 Cases Produced

About Winery

The winery was named by Joe Swan when he founded it forty eight years ago. Joe came to winemaking from an unlikely background. He grew up the son of  teetotaler parents (his mother was in the Women's Christian Temperance Union)  in the farm country of North Dakota. He was an avid reader (there not being a  whole lot else to do), and he happened to read about wine. Not lacking for  imagination but definitely lacking for grapes, he nonetheless set out to make  wine. Using his mother's ringer washing machine, he squeezed the juice from  some rhubarb from the garden, and, in a crock he had secreted in the attic,  proceeded to produce his first "wine". 

History doesn't record the score this first effort received from the critics,  but one can safely assume that it didn't rival his later efforts! Nonetheless,  the beginning of a quest to become a winemaker was born.


Joe really believed that, when it came to grape growing and winemaking, small  was beautiful. A small vineyard could be tended by one person. Small crops led  to more intense, ageworthy wines. A small winery allowed you to oversee every  aspect from fermentation to bottling. Joe was a perfectionist and felt that if  the wine was to carry his name, then he should be personally responsible for  every aspect of its production.
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.

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