2009 Joseph Swan "Trenton Estate" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1087158 93 points John Gilman

 The 2009 vintage looks to have produced an absolute classic in the making from the Trenton Estate vineyard. The complex bouquet is a red fruity and classy mélange of cherries, quince, rhubarb, a touch of cinnamon, mustard seed, roses, new leather, soil and a gentle base of new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, fullish, pure and shows off excellent intensity in the mid-palate, with superb acidity, excellent focus and balance, modest tannins and outstanding length and grip on the still very primary finish. A lovely wine that deserves some time in the cellar to blossom, but which will offer up early accessibility as well and will probably be drunk a bit before its time. High class and quite sophisticated pinot. Drink between 2015-2045. 93+  (8/2011)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright ruby. Heady, high-pitched aromas of black raspberry, potpourri, Asian spices and minerals, complicated by a smoky topnote. Juicy, sharply focused red and dark berry flavors show excellent depth and vivacity, picking up candied rose and spicecake qualities with air. Seamless, sappy and sweet on the extremely long, red fruit-dominated finish. (ST)  (5/2012)

K&L Notes

Joseph Swan is a keeper of the flame for the style of Pinot Noir that made the Russian River Valley famous. Their Trenton Estate Vineyard bottling is sometimes overlooked in the flashy landscape of modern Sonoma Pinot Noir, but it is one of the true gems of the Russian River Valley and always worth a look. The vineyard is an estate monopole planted with 40+ year old, heirloom clone vines. It's in a cool little dale between rolling hills of the Russian River Valley, near where Laguna Road meets River Road. Here, too, is the origin of the "Swan clone" of Pinot Noir. Absolutely packed with underlying structure and depth, the wine has a proven capacity to cellar long-term, not just improve for several years after release.

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