2012 Joseph Swan "Côtes du Rosa" Russian River Valley Carignane

SKU #1153325

Longtime Swan fans, take note: This appears to be the last vintage of "Côtes du Rosa" after a 20-year run. The tiny yields from the old Carignane vines just didn't make sense anymore for the owners of Mancini Ranch--and in 2010, there was no harvest at all. As interest in the varietal diversity of California continues to grow, more vineyards are being planted over to Pinot and Cab. Something to ponder while popping the cork on the last "Côtes du Rosa." From the winemaker's tasting notes: "Medium ruby, a fairly light color for the CDR. Typical aromatics of bright red fruit with a bit of pepper spice. Less like a Cru Beaujolais than the prior vintage, it dances between the southern Rhone and Beaujolais. Bright and yet supple. Much less wild and gamy and more refined than some earlier vintages. I think that it will drink well for at least the next 5-7 years. 233 cases bottled."

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Varietal:

Carignane

- This red grape goes by many names, including Carignane, Carignano, Cariñena, Mazuelo, Moestal, Roussillonen and Samsó, which can make things confusing. A native of northern Spain's Cariñena DO, this grape is also found all over France, particularly in the Languedoc-Roussillon, and is also planted in substantial amounts in Italy and California. A bold, spicy, tannic grape, you'll frequently find Carignan blended with softer, fruitier varieties like Grenache.
Country:

United States

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Sub-Region:

California

- 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.
Specific Appellation:

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 (%): 12.5