2008 Joseph Swan "Cuvée de Trois" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1057876

Well, Rod Berglund has done it again. The 2008 Cuvee is the best Cuvee I have tried, even better than the 2007 which recieved 93 points from the Wine Spectator. The 2008 is a darker, heavier wine than the previous couple of vintages. A little more blue fruit blended in nicely with the cherry and raspberry fruits. Cola, spice, anise, rhubarb and earth lovingly balanced with a finish that lasts forever. The complexity and layers of flavor in this wine are incredible. This is a pinot that everyone will love. (Mike Jordan, K&L Wine Merchants) According to Wine Spectator: "Shows savory herb, dried sour cherry and wild berry flavors. Firm, spicy, earthy and full-bodied, this is very tightly knit, with mineral and black licorice on the finish. Best from 2011 through 2017." (09/10)

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Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/30/2010 | Send Email
This wine has practically been my house Pinot Noir since the 2002 vintage. After multiple successes in the past few vintages I was anxiously awaiting the release of the 2008. Immediately after bottling the wine was a bit bottle shocked, but I retasted this wine recently and it has really come together! Bright, tangy, sour cherry fruit. Suggestion of clove spice and cacao shows a subtle barrel influence. Has much of the richness and the silky texture of the critically acclaimed 2007 but seems a little lighter on its feet. I look forward to getting to know this wine even better over the next few years.

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/9/2010 | Send Email
Joseph Swan was the first to plant Pinot Noir in the Russian River, and after making more than 40 vintages no one in California knows the varietal better. Rod Berglund, Joe's son in law took over the winemaking back in 1988- he had worked for La Crema Viñera making the wine since 1979. This wine shows the experience and light hand of a man totally committed to letting the best of the Russian River speak for itself. Nothing is out of place here, the color is red, not black, the aromas are wild and savory, and the flavors are intense without being overbearing. I think it is one of the finest Pinot Noir's in the store regardless of price.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Alexander Valley/Russian River

- Among Sonoma County's northernmost appellations, the Alexander Valley AVA acts as a gateway to neighboring Napa to the east and Mendocino to the north. It is a sprawling appellation, with pockets of distinct microclimates and soils, and as such, is home to a variety of wine grapes and styles. Nearly everything grows in the Alexander Valley, though Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most widely planted grapes. The Russian River Valley lies to the south of Alexander Valley, and is marked by much cooler temperatures and frequently heavy fog. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown here are some of the state's finest and most sought-after. Aromatic whites like Gewürztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.1