2012 Joseph Swan "Matthew's Station Vineyard" Russian River Valley Tannat

SKU #1245955 90 points Wine Enthusiast

 This is a thick, firmly structured version of a rare variety in California, smoky in black cherry and vanilla. Perfumed in sweet aromas of violet and raspberry pie, it offers a deceptively balanced fullness of body and power, with persistence to the finish.  (4/2016)

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By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/23/2016 | Send Email
This varietal is a great new grape for the Petite Syrah and Zinfandel fans to try. Rod, the winemaker at Joseph Swan does not always make this wine, depending on the harvest and available fruit from the site. This vineyard has predominantly clay soils, that ass texture and personality to the bottling. This is a French Regional grape variety that is rare to see in a single bottling, not to mention from the Russian River Valley of all places?! This is dark, brooding, and packs a great loud punch. The wine doesn't have the same pull or weight that Cabernet has, I enjoy the structure of this wine, without too much of the added tannin structure from new wood. Did I mention, the aromas beaming up from the glass are just awesome, amazing and new to me.

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Other Red Wines

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United States

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California

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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 Gew├╝rztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.