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2011 Syrah Trenton Estate Vineyard

$38.00

Co-fermented with 5% Viognier. Aged for 18 months in neutral French oak barrels.

Racy, vibrant, violet laced fruit reminiscent of French plums and licorice with a bit of kid leather. Amazing brightness to the fruit. Mouthwatering acidity brings you back for just one more sip. The depth of tannins combined with the vibrant acidity argue for a long life.

Vintage:2011

Wine Type:Red

Appellation:Russian River Valley

Cases Produced:288

Varietal:Syrah

Varietal Composition:

95%Syrah

5%Viognier

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2012 Pinot Noir Trenton Estate Vineyard

$76.00
An iconic vineyard in every sense of the word, our Estate vines seem to be finally getting the recognition that they deserve. When Joe Swan first planted pinot noir vines here it was because he had been convinced that the area was so cool that it was the grape of choice. Little did he know that 45 years later it would be thought of as one of the most important vineyards in all of the Russian River Valley, producing wine that from the beginning defined the terroir of this little spot on Laguna Ridge: Medium light cherry red color. Aromas of perfectly ripe red cherry fruit intermingled with raspberry. In the mouth the red fruits carry over along with a bit of cinnamon spice. The usual forest floor notes are muted. The tannins are less obvious than usual, lending a silkiness to the wine. The finish is long with the pretty fruit remaining focused throughout. It has just enough acidity to keep it bright without veering into tartness.

Vintage:2012

Wine Type:Red

Appellation:Russian River Valley

Cases Produced:447

Varietal:Pinot Noir

Awards:

95 Points Wine Enthuiast" *Editors' Choice* Silky yet grippy

92 points Stephen Tanzer's IWC"Brilliant ruby-red. Youthful

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2012 Pinot Noir Trenton View Vineyard

$39.00
Also known as “The Vineyard Next Door”. When we tasted this there were two schools of thought. Chris and Cody felt it needed another year. Tom and Karen (the owners) sucked it down and pronounced it ready for prime time! I was somewhere in between. However, with a bit of air it not only opened, it blossomed so I broke the tie. Out it comes!Tasting notes: Lighter color as is typical of this vineyard. The aromas initially are of a cherry/rhubarb compote. Lots of red berries as well. Very soft entry, quite elegant, low tannins, good but not overwhelming acidity. 2012 was a big crop year after two very tiny ones and it seems to be reflected in the softness and approachability of this wine, although if past vintages serve as any guide it should stiffen up a bit over time and provide pleasurable drinking for at least a decade. But why wait! 411 cases bottled in August 2013. (BTW, this hasn’t been tasted by any critics yet but Wine Enthusiast gave the 2011, a supposedly inferior year, 94 points,! ‘Nuff said.)

Vintage:2012

Wine Type:Red

Appellation:Russian River Valley

Cases Produced:411

Varietal:Pinot Noir

Clonal Selection:667/777/115

Varietal Composition:

100%Pinot Noir

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2012 Syrah Great Oak Vineyard

$38.00

Planted in the mid-1990's, this low yielding vineyard has always produced wines on the wild side. However, with increasing vine age, the wines have begun to tame down a bit. Although theyhave lost none of their power, they have just taken on a bit of grace.

Tasting Notes:

Dark. Very dark. Dense but vibrant. Plums, saddle leather, bacon, lavender. Long. These are my first impressions. Sometimes first impressions are the best!

Vintage:2012

Wine Type:Red

Appellation:Russian River Valley

Varietal:Syrah

Varietal Composition:

100%Syrah

Awards:

93 Points Wine Enthusiast

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2013 Pinot Noir Great Oak Vineyard

$40.00

Located in the hills above the Russian River north of Forestville. Several different clones of pinot noir are planted on Franciscan derived soils interspersed with fractured shale and sandstone. There are a total of 5 small blocks of pinot noir scattered across the 46 acres of this very steep and hilly property. The densely planted vines are trained in a vertical curtain system. The very poor rocky soils and low low production clones result in crop levels that are among the lowest for pinot noir anywhere. Due to low crop levels and slightly warmer temperatures than on the valley floor, this is usually our first pinot noir vineyard harvested.

Each block of the vineyard is harvested separately as it reaches maturity. Each lot is then fermented and aged separately. Fifteen to twenty percent of each lot is left as whole clusters with the balance de-stemmed into open top fermenters. Wild yeast fermentation ensued after a 3 day cold soak. The cap was punched by hand three times per day during the peak fermentation to extract color and flavor and to control fermentation temperature. After an average of 25 days on the skins the wine was pressed off, settled briefly and then racked to French Burgundy barrels, for 11 months of aging before selection, blending and bottling. The wine is unfined and unfiltered.

Mouthwatering richness, salivating forest floor, bright acidity elegant and round, racey, grippy focus. Most friendly with red meat or a slightly chared portobello.

Vintage:2013

Wine Type:Red

Varietal:Pinot Noir

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2013 Pinot Noir Great Oak Vineyard MAGNUM

$90.00

Vintage:2013

Wine Type:Red

Varietal:Pinot Noir

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2013 Pinot Noir Trenton Estate

$74.00
It is hard to believe that more than 40 vintages of this wine have been produced! But even, with age, the vines seem to always have something special to say and 2013 was no different.Never a particularly dark wine, this year it is a particularly brilliant deep ruby red. The nose is more reminiscent of the 2011 than the 2012. While fully ripe, it is nonetheless almost laser focused in its purity. Brambly red fruit and wood spice, which is very typical for pinot noirs on Laguna Ridge. In the mouth it has something akin to red licorice but more serious. Deep but not sweet, with acid present but not prominent and the tannins only providing structure. I have to stop saying that a vintage is one of my favorites yet, but not until next year! Maybe!).

Vintage:2013

Wine Type:Red

Appellation:Russian River Valley

Cases Produced:410

Varietal:Pinot Noir

Varietal Composition:

100%Pinot Noir

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2013 Pinot Noir Trenton View

$39.00
Long lasting tannins, red cherry english hard-candy with a bit of red licorice and a hint of cardomon. Juiciness in the mouth, opposite of dryness without being sweet

Vintage:2013

Wine Type:Red

Varietal:Pinot Noir

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2013 Zinfandel Vine Hill School Road Vineyard Magnum

$80.00

Vintage:2013

Wine Type:Red

Varietal:Zinfandel

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2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Trenton Estate Magnum

$200.00

Vintage:2014

Wine Type:Red

Appellation:Russian River

Cases Produced:2

Varietal:Cabernet Sauvignon

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2014 Chardonnay Hawk Hill Vineyard

$45.00
Aromas of citrus blossom, crushed oyster shell and honeysuckle. In the mouth, it has vibrant acidity. There is a nervous energy that allows it to the dance between leanness and richness. A great food wine, but happy to drink it only accompanied by a second glass.

Vintage:2014

Wine Type:White

Appellation:Russian River Valley

Varietal:Chardonnay

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2014 Chardonnay Hawk Hill Vineyard Magnum

$90.00
Aromas of citrus blossom, crushed oyster shell and honeysuckle. In the mouth, it has vibrant acidity. There is a nervous energy that allows it to the dance between leanness and richness. A great food wine, but happy to drink it only accompanied by a second glass.

Vintage:2014

Wine Type:White

Appellation:Russian River Valley

Varietal:Chardonnay

Varietal Composition:

100%Chardonnay

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2014 Chardonnay Kent the Younger

$38.00
Nose of Meyer lemons, wet stones, and crushed oyster shell, There is also a bit of the classic bright pear and exotic tropical fruit that is the hallmark of this vineyard but it is framed by brilliant acidity. A great oyster and other shellfish wine.

Vintage:2014

Wine Type:White

Appellation:Russian River Valley

Cases Produced:198

Varietal:Chardonnay

Clonal Selection:Wente

Varietal Composition:

100%Chardonnay

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2014 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard Magnum

$105.00
Bright lemon yellow color. Ripe pear with lemon custard and a hint of mango. Classic Ritchie profile and aromatics are present. Very rich, very full opulence balanced by good acidity. Long, full fruit. A fine counterpart to its stablemate Kent the Younger.

Vintage:2014

Wine Type:White

Appellation:Russian River Valley

Varietal:Chardonnay

Clonal Selection:Dijon

Varietal Composition:

100%Chardonnay

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2014 Petite Sirah Bastoni Vineyard

$32.00
Cool climate petite sirah, more of the pretty aromatics than the hitting over the head tannins. Volcanic soils are where these vines live, in Fountain Grove District AVA, adjacent to the Russian River Valley. Dark ruby color. Traditional petite sirah characters including; black pepper, chocolate, plum, and also allspice.

Vintage:2014

Wine Type:Red

Varietal:Petite Sirah

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2014 Pinot Noir Caties Corner

$40.00
100% Swan Clone Pinot Noir. Planted in 2009. Muddled persian mulberries. Asian spice. Dark, earthy tones. Long, balanced finish.

Vintage:2014

Wine Type:Red

Appellation:Russian River Valley

Varietal:Pinot Noir

Clonal Selection:Swan

Varietal Composition:

100%Pinot Noir

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2014 Pinot Noir Ritchie Vineyard Magnum

$95.00

Over time our Pinot Noirs have fallen into a sort of a hierarchy. Saralee’s is usually the prettier, Trenton View is the lightest in color, Great Oak is the most masculine and backward. However the last few years Great Oak has started, probably due to vine age, to be less tannic and backward. Its place in the hierarchy seems to have been taken by Ritchie Vineyard!

The 14 Ritchie will definitely soften over the next year or so, but it has evolved enough over the last few months warrant release now.

Dark red fruit (as opposed to berry) with hints of graphite. Red, almost plum-like. Currently more structured than apparent. With air it shows deeper red fruit and richness emerges.

Vintage:2014

Wine Type:Red

Varietal:Pinot Noir

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2014 Pinot Noir Solas Vineyard

$45.00

From the steep hillside planting just to the south of our Estate vineyard. A blend of Swan and Calera selections planted in 2005. Our first vintage from Solas vineyard, 2014, showcases the typical Russian River Valley acidity and bright red fruit characters.

Medium ruby color. Potpouri of red fruits and spice. Medium bodied, medium tannins, excellent acidity. Lush and long. Drinking well now and will appreciate with age.

Vintage:2014

Wine Type:Red

Appellation:Russian River Valley

Cases Produced:176

Varietal:Pinot Noir

Clonal Selection:Swan/Calera

Varietal Composition:

100%Pinot Noir

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2014 Pinot Noir Solas Vineyard Magnum

$95.00

From the steep hillside planting just to the south of our Estate vineyard. A blend of Swan and Calera selections planted in 2005. Our first vintage from Solas vineyard, 2014, showcases the typical Russian River Valley acidity and bright red fruit characters.

Medium ruby color. Potpouri of red fruits and spice. Medium bodied, medium tannins, excellent acidity. Lush and long. Drinking well now and will appreciate with age.

Vintage:2014

Wine Type:Red

Varietal:Pinot Noir

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2014 Pinot Noir Trenton Estate

$73.00
Fairly dark color for pinot noir. Typical aromas of complex dark red fruit intermingled with oriental spice (cardamom, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg) with a bit of forest floor/underbrush/bramble. A big yet not overly extracted, ripe wine. Bracing ripe, smooth tannins and near perfect acidity argue for a long life.

Vintage:2014

Wine Type:Red

Appellation:Russian River Valley

Cases Produced:213

Varietal:Pinot Noir

Varietal Composition:

100%Pinot Noir

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2014 Syrah Solas Vineyard

$38.00
Our first vintage from Solas Vineyard, a neighboring vineyard on Vine Hill School Road, also known as Walker Vine Hill. This 100% syrah is made much like our other syrahs, with natural fermentaion in open top fermenters, pressed into nuetral French oak barrels and aged for just under two years. This syrah is a great example of cool climate syrah, being bright in fruit and pretty on the pallet. Beautiful magenta color. Chaulky, blueberry compote, silky tannins that grow on the finish. Still developing in the bottle, worth drinking now and aging.

Vintage:2014

Wine Type:Red

Appellation:Russian River Valley

Varietal:Syrah

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2014 Zinfandel Bastoni Vineyard

$35.00
Located in what I refer to as the Riebli Valley, just a few miles east of Highway 101, this sight has been farmed by the Bastoni family since 1906. Martha Bastoni and her husband, Russ Messanna currently farm it. Although the old vines are gone, the replants are going strong and are meticulously cared for. And even though we have only been making wine from this vineyard for a short time, it exhibits what I have come to view as a classic Bastoni nose of deep blue tinged fruit, like a cross between boysenberries and blueberries. Contrasting to Russian River Valley, the east side of the valley gives the wine more of a white pepper, red fruit, and juniper berry. Good but not overwhelming tannin or acidity, and medium to full body.

Vintage:2014

Wine Type:Red

Varietal:Zinfandel

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2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Trenton Estate

$100.00
The 2015 vintage Estate Cabernet reminds us of the traditional Joseph Swan Cab, reminding us of the wonderful 1985 vintage.

Vintage:2015

Wine Type:Red

Cases Produced:18

Varietal:Cabernet Sauvignon

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2015 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard

$55.00

The grapes that make this wine comes from one of the older blocks in this vineyard. The original plantings were 100% barrel fermented in French oak, aged sur lies with battonage (lees stirring) once a month. Full malolactic fermentation took place. The wine was aged 10 months in Barrel.

The vineyard is highly coveted with numerous winemakers sourcing from here. Everyone gets their own dedicated row (or half as the case may be). However, not all Ritchie Vineyard wines are created equal. Throw in personal preferences with at least one winery picking 2 weeks ahead of everyone else and a couple wineries on the other end of the spectrum. Leads to some very diverse wines. We fall somewhere in the middle.

Bright lemon yellow color. Lemon vibation, white pineapple, and white peach. Flinty minerality, quite rich, but with a steely back bone. Lingering finish, classic Ritchie.

Vintage:2015

Wine Type:White

Appellation:Russian River Valley

Cases Produced:149

Varietal:Chardonnay

Clonal Selection:Old Wente

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2015 Chardonnay Trenton Estate

$45.00

Vintage:2015

Wine Type:White

Appellation:Russian River Valley

Cases Produced:30

Varietal:Chardonnay

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2015 Pinot Noir Trenton Esate Magnum

$150.00

Sometimes a year comes along that just does not fit the mold. A committed terroirist prizes a sense of place and often feels a wine is not "proper" if it does not exhibit that. But once in a while, a wine can be so utterly delicious that this short coming is overlooked. Many of the 2015 Russian River Valley Pinot Noirs are in this category. Rich, full, and delicious now, but not really representative of the Russian River Valley to me. My belief is that the sense of place will show in time, but right now, it is overshadowed by the sheer voluptuousness of the vintage.

Gorgeous aromas of red berries and cherries with a slight hind of mint. In the mouth, it is amazingly lush, with just enough acid to brighten it. Silky and full, the finish is long and smooth. I predict a bright future for this wine, but it hard to resist!

Vintage:2015

Wine Type:Red

Varietal:Pinot Noir

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2015 Pinot Noir Trenton Estate

$72.00

Sometimes a year comes along that just does not fit the mold. A committed terroirist prizes a sense of place and often feels a wine is not "proper" if it does not exhibit that. But once in a while, a wine can be so utterly delicious that this short coming is overlooked. Many of the 2015 Russian River Valley Pinot Noirs are in this category. Rich, full, and delicious now, but not really representative of the Russian River Valley to me. My belief is that the sense of place will show in time, but right now, it is overshadowed by the sheer voluptuousness of the vintage.

Gorgeous aromas of red berries and cherries with a slight hind of mint. In the mouth, it is amazingly lush, with just enough acid to brighten it. Silky and full, the finish is long and smooth. I predict a bright future for this wine, but it hard to resist!

Vintage:2015

Wine Type:Red

Appellation:Russian River Valley

Cases Produced:317

Varietal:Pinot Noir

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2015 Zinfandel Vine Hill School Road

$40.00

Vintage:2015

Wine Type:Red

Appellation:Russian River Valley

Cases Produced:38

Varietal:Zinfandel

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2016 Chardonnay Cuvee de Trois

$30.00

When relying on feral (native) yeasts for fermentation of chardonnay, you occasionally have barrels that are slow to complete. Such was the case in 2016. As long as there are viable yeast present and actually fermentation taking place (albeit slowly) we prefer to let nature take its course. Some barrels in 2016 really tested our resolve, taking nearly two years to complete their fermentation. In the end, we decided to create a small lot blend, using some of the Ritchie, Hawk Hill and our Trenton Estate wines The long aging on the lees had resulted in yeast autolysis, the same process that gives some champagnes their creamy bread dough notes, resulting in wines that were more about process than place .

Tasting notes:

Wonderfully rich and complex. The rich fruit of each of the three vineyards is there but the forward fruit has been modified and complimented with a wonderful, mouth filling impression of flaky pastry dough, sort of like a freshly baked apple and pear tart. The balancing acidity keeps everything in balance. This wine reminds me of a wine made by Matanzas Creek Winery back in the 80's. They called it Journey, in reference to the long time it took from grape to bottle and the many changes it made along the way, from fresh and fruity to a dark place before it came out the other side as a totally different wine. Sadly, I was only able to taste it once as it sold out instantly, but I always felt that it would continue to evolve much like a grand marque champagne. I have no idea if I was correct but I am going to following this one with keen interest.

Vintage:2016

Wine Type:White

Appellation:Russian River Valley

Cases Produced:164

Varietal:Chardonnay

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2016 Chardonnay Trenton Estate

$55.00

Our Estate vineyard, with vines planted in 1969 and a few years later, has always produced very singular wines. Some, such as the 1975 and 1977, are not only alive but still beautiful wines. In many years, however, the wines were awkward and clumsy in their youth. When Joe Swan did his annual wine evaluation dinners, he would often proclaim, upon tasting the most current wine, that it was time to rip out the chardonnay. However, when he tasted the prior years wine he would decide that on second thought, the wine was too good to do that! Things haven't changed much in the ensuing years. A year ago I tasted the wine and thought that it didn't have a future. It was closed and awkeard. This month though, tasting an open bottle over several days, I was reminded how special these vines truly are, producing in good years just over 1 barrel of incredibly complex and unique wine. Perhaps it is the vines age, the small berried, small clustered selection of chardonnay, the incredibly long time between fruit set and harvest or maybe just the spot of ground on which they are planted, but whatever the reason I have never encountered fruit quite like this.

Tasting notes:

At first sniff the aroma might be mistaken for oxidation. Grilled almonds, creme brûlee, and maybe reisling like petrol notes come to mind, but the color, straw with a hint of green, belies that notion. Along with these aromas there is an abundance of rich fruit, more stone fruit than the typical tropical or apple aromas you might expect. In the mouth it is very rich and powerful but with a mouthwatering edge of acidity. I think that this wine is magical but if you are looking for main-stream chardonnay sameness, this might not by your wine.

Vintage:2016

Wine Type:White

Cases Produced:41

Varietal:Chardonnay

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2016 Pinot Noir Cuvee de Trois

$42.00

The vineyards for this wine are all located in the heart of the Russian River Valley, approximately 15-18 miles from the Pacific Ocean. They represent a variety of soil types, viticultural practices and clonal selections, but each carries the overiding characteristics of the best of the Russian River Valley. The blend varies from year to year. This year it includes wine from our Trenton Estate Vineyard, Trenton View, Saralee’s, Catie’s Corner, Ritchie, Solas, DNA, and Great Oak.

Aroma: Spring time in the forest, flowers and new growth along with wild berries. In the mouth, more structure and tannic than previous vintages, but still supple. Flavors of wild dark berries and cardamons. Typical of the 2016 vintage for Russian River Valley pinots noirs, darker fruits with a bit more muscle. Seriously good juice.

Vintage:2016

Wine Type:Red

Cases Produced:1944

Varietal:Pinot Noir

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2016 Pinot Noir DNA

$45.00

DNA vineyard is one of the four contiguous vineyards here in Trenton that we source pinot noir from (Trenton Estate, Trenton View, and Solas being the others). All exhibit the characteristics of the Laguna Ridge Neighborhood in their lush middle richness, great acidity, dark red fruit and elements of oriental spice, but each has their own unique personality.

Tasting notes:

Dark red cherries, cardamom, rose petal and fresh forest floor. It is a bit plush, with the acidity being less predominate than its neighbors. A soft yet long finish is balanced by a bit of tannin. It is drinking very well now but should continue to drink well for the next 3-5 years.

Vintage:2016

Wine Type:Red

Appellation:Russian River Valley

Cases Produced:72.5

Varietal:Pinot Noir

Varietal Composition:

100%Clone 115

Awards:

91 Points Wine Enthusiast

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2016 Pinot Noir Pentagon Magnum

$200.00
I could say that we only bottle this once in a blue moon bit in actuality this is only the second one in 19 years. The fruit is from the latest ripening section of the vineyard, the small western corner of our south block. The lower and part of the eastern edge is bordered by chardonnay vines, forming a small five-sided block. The first time we bottled this wine separately was the first time since I have been here that there was enough fruit to warrant keeping separate form the rest of our south hill block. We had a bonus that year in that we had, for us, a lot of fruit. All of the pickings are kept separate until bottling. I was reluctant to create an additional wine from the Estate but after careful blending trials I decided that excluding the two barrels of this wine did not negatively impact the regular Estate bottling, and, in addition it was special enough to warrant a separate bottling. That first bottling was at the time by far our most expensive wine. We had to limit the number of bottles that could be purchased in order to fill the orders but did set aside a few cases for a couple of special restaurants. One of them was Domaine Chandon is Yountville, Napa Valley. A young man, a law student in Houston, whose professor father had introduced him to the finest food and wine in Chicago, was having dinner there on a special visit to the Napa Valley. The sommelier told him that he had just gotten in a very special wine that was not on the list. He had never heard of the winery but took a chance and found a pinot noir he would never forget, our 1997 Pentagon. He became not only a good friend, (I even attended his wedding in Houston and was honored to be seated with his family at dinner), but a tireless promoter of our wines. As a thank you and in honor of his being one of the first people to have tasted the original, we sent him a bottle. He is now a practicing attorney with a family but is an even more serous wine and food aficionado. Suffice it to say that they are a lot more verbose and complimentary than anything I could say. Tom's notes (from email):"Haven't opened it yet ... Okay I couldn't help myself. One small pour in. It's amazing. It's a carbon copy. It's incredible. Absolutely incredible. Okay, we've had it open about 5.5 hours now. A few more thoughts ...- the fruit is so achingly pure it makes me want to cry- the nose took a little while, but it's also a chameleon ... I?m getting a bit of floral even on it at this point. - maybe a touch more oak presence on the finish than I recall on the 1997 at this stage, but my palate certainly is different- the finish is insanely long and persistent. I mean. It simply doesn't end. This is a true legend. I haven't had more joy spending such a long time with a bottle in many, many moons. I blinded Andrea on this for three pours. She focused on two things - the cherry and it'll be long lived. I think this may be more long lived than the original! What a true treat. This is a tour de force. A great, great wine. Worthy of every bit of its distinguished lineage. One of the great wines I've ever drunk. For sure. I can't thank you enough."Some people quote Robert Parker. We quote Tom Gutting. Way more credibility!For what it is worth, my notes:It smells like the color; dark magenta rose petal. It exudes cherries of all kinds with a faint hint of cinnamon. It was aged in 50% new French oak barrels but the fruit is merely complimented by it. Graceful and long. 41 cases produced

Vintage:2016

Wine Type:Red

Appellation:RRV

Cases Produced:5

Varietal:Pinot Noir

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2016 Pinot Noir Pentagon Trenton Estate

$100.00
I could say that we only bottle this once in a blue moon bit in actuality this is only the second one in 19 years. The fruit is from the latest ripening section of the vineyard, the small western corner of our south block. The lower and part of the eastern edge is bordered by chardonnay vines, forming a small five-sided block. The first time we bottled this wine separately was the first time since I have been here that there was enough fruit to warrant keeping separate form the rest of our south hill block. We had a bonus that year in that we had, for us, a lot of fruit. All of the pickings are kept separate until bottling. I was reluctant to create an additional wine from the Estate but after careful blending trials I decided that excluding the two barrels of this wine did not negatively impact the regular Estate bottling, and, in addition it was special enough to warrant a separate bottling. That first bottling was at the time by far our most expensive wine. We had to limit the number of bottles that could be purchased in order to fill the orders but did set aside a few cases for a couple of special restaurants. One of them was Domaine Chandon is Yountville, Napa Valley. A young man, a law student in Houston, whose professor father had introduced him to the finest food and wine in Chicago, was having dinner there on a special visit to the Napa Valley. The sommelier told him that he had just gotten in a very special wine that was not on the list. He had never heard of the winery but took a chance and found a pinot noir he would never forget, our 1997 Pentagon. He became not only a good friend, (I even attended his wedding in Houston and was honored to be seated with his family at dinner), but a tireless promoter of our wines. As a thank you and in honor of his being one of the first people to have tasted the original, we sent him a bottle. He is now a practicing attorney with a family but is an even more serous wine and food aficionado. Suffice it to say that they are a lot more verbose and complimentary than anything I could say. Tom's notes (from email):"Haven't opened it yet ... Okay I couldn't help myself. One small pour in. It's amazing. It's a carbon copy. It's incredible. Absolutely incredible. Okay, we've had it open about 5.5 hours now. A few more thoughts ...- the fruit is so achingly pure it makes me want to cry- the nose took a little while, but it's also a chameleon ... I?m getting a bit of floral even on it at this point. - maybe a touch more oak presence on the finish than I recall on the 1997 at this stage, but my palate certainly is different- the finish is insanely long and persistent. I mean. It simply doesn't end. This is a true legend. I haven't had more joy spending such a long time with a bottle in many, many moons. I blinded Andrea on this for three pours. She focused on two things - the cherry and it'll be long lived. I think this may be more long lived than the original! What a true treat. This is a tour de force. A great, great wine. Worthy of every bit of its distinguished lineage. One of the great wines I've ever drunk. For sure. I can't thank you enough."Some people quote Robert Parker. We quote Tom Gutting. Way more credibility!For what it is worth, my notes:It smells like the color; dark magenta rose petal. It exudes cherries of all kinds with a faint hint of cinnamon. It was aged in 50% new French oak barrels but the fruit is merely complimented by it. Graceful and long. 41 cases produced

Vintage:2016

Wine Type:Red

Appellation:RRV

Cases Produced:41

Varietal:Pinot Noir

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2016 Pinot Noir Saralee's

$45.00

The wine is typically floral and red fruited but this year it is darker and denser, verging on dark cherries and berries. It is also richer and denser in the mouth with more tannin than we usually see, a characteristic that all of our 2016's seem to have in common. Of all of the Saralee's pinot noirs to date, this is probably the most unctuous to date. (I have been wanting to use that word for awhile now!).

Vintage:2016

Wine Type:Red

Appellation:Russian River Valley

Cases Produced:247

Varietal:Pinot Noir

Clonal Selection:777, 115, 37, Swan

Varietal Composition:

100%Pinot Noir

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2016 Viognier Catie's Corner Magnum

$64.00
Aromas of honeysuckle, white nectarine and orange blossom along with a hint of South Asian spice. Less heady than riper styled viogniers, it nonetheless has plenty of body. A common plight of viognier is its tendency to be a bit flabby and low in acid. Not with this wine! Magnum Size: 1.5 Liters

Vintage:2016

Wine Type:White

Appellation:Russian River Valley

Cases Produced:1

Varietal:Viognier

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2016 Zinfandel VHSR 1.5L

$80.00

Vintage:2016

Wine Type:Red

Appellation:RRV

Cases Produced:2

Varietal:Zinfandel

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2017 Grenache Blanc Catie's Corner

$26.00

We make two different wines from Catie's Corner GB grapes each year; a traditional white wine in which the grapes are whole cluster pressed before fermentation in small stainless steel drums, and a second wine in which we treat it just like our pinot noir, with fermentation on the skins for up to three weeks before aging in older, neutral barrels. The latter is labeled Cuvée Orange.

Pretty aromas of hibiscus and delicate tropical fruit lead to rich flavors of bosc pear and white peach. It is rich but racy at the same time. A wonderfully satisfying white wine that is a delightful alternative to chardonnay. Not that we have anything against chardonnay, but it is certainly nice to have an alternative!

Vintage:2017

Wine Type:White

Appellation:Russian River Valley

Cases Produced:77

Varietal:Grenache

Varietal Composition:

100%Grenache Blanc

Awards:

91 Points Wine Enthusiast

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2017 Pinot Noir Arista Two Birds

$70.00

In 2017 my brother from a different mother, Mark McWilliams, co-proprietor of Arista Winery, approached me with what he said was a crazy idea. He said that he had no expectations that I would go along with it. He said that they had always wanted to make a pinot noir from the Laguna Ridge neighborhood and that I might want to make one from the Middle Reach neighborhood. Furthermore, he had dreamt of it coming from what he that was the best vineyard, Trenton Estate. He knew that we had never allowed fruit from the vineyard to go anywhere and they had never allowed their Estate to leave their property. He proposed that we swap a small amount of fruit. It must have been a fruit day (a Biodynamic reference), as I found myself intrigued by it. He invited me up to walk their vineyards to see if I had any real interest. Although not as old as ours their vineyards are located in a sweet spot just north of Williams-Selyem Winery and are meticulously maintained. The wine made from each of the blocks is gorgeous. Deal done. But what to call the project? Since we were going to take our fruit from the Two Birds block (named after his parents!) and ours was a Swan, I told him that the answer was simple. It would be the "Three Birds Project ". I am happy to report that the project is ongoing and we are hopeful that the 2020 was not impacted by the dreaded smoke taint, as it is really singing at the moment.

Coming as it does from The Middle Reach Neighborhood of the RRV, this pinot noir is quite different from our other pinot noirs. It has aromas of deep, dark cherries and cherry skin with hints of black walnuts. In the mouth it exhibits dusty tannins, is quite rich but with a slightly dry background note (as opposed to sweet) with a long, structured finish. Serious juice! It has been an honor to work with this fruit.

Vintage:2017

Wine Type:Red

Cases Produced:47

Varietal:Pinot Noir

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2018 Gewurztraminer Saralees

$24.00
I have always had a hard time writing tasting notes for gewurztraminer. The really good ones have spice. Sometimes this can be too much of a good thing, verging into aromas of a candle factory worker doused in perfume. They tend to be rich but that is sometimes compounded by sweetness. Acidity is important. Not enough and they can become cloying. Too much and the pretty spicy floral character of the fruit is diminished. The fruit for this wine, coming as it does from a magical spot a mile from us in Saralee's Vineyard, makes the winemaking simple. The trick is to pick it when it hits that magic spot when the fruit takes on its pretty spice notes before it verges into dramatic, but simpler, less food friendly territory. This wine seems to hit on all cylinders. with nice spice and great acidity, enough body but not overbearing. To make sure it was what I thought it was, we tasted it with one of my favorite pairings, tacos. The tacos were pretty special as we got to use some of our last-of-season golden tomatoes. It was not perfect ,but pretty darn close. Next up: Thanksgiving dinner where I am sure I will drink more of this than the special Burgundy's I also plan to open!

Vintage:2018

Wine Type:White

Appellation:RRV

Cases Produced:106

Varietal:Gewürztraminer

Varietal Composition:

100%Gewurztraminer

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2018 Valdiguie Northern Sonoma

$34.00

Although not on the label, the fruit is from Dan Teldeschi's Vineyard in Dry Creek Valley. Dan is the nephew of the grower that Joe Swan made his legendary wine from in 1970. It was labeled Gamay, as it was erroneously known at the time (also referred to as Napa Gamay), This was probably due to the grapes slow maturing nature at low sugar levels. The light and fruity wines that it made resembled the wines of Beaujolais, France which is made from the non-related gamay grape.

Tasting notes:

Aromas of bright red cherries, with a hint of blackberry and pomegranate predominate. It is fresh and quaffable but with a hint of seriousness as well. It is a delightfully light bodied wine but still full of flavor. Sadly, it has become kind of hip and cool in the market. I like it because it is simply delicious no matter what others think!

Vintage:2018

Wine Type:Red

Appellation:Northern Sonoma

Cases Produced:92

Varietal Composition:

100%Valdiguie

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2018 Viognier Catie's Corner

$28.00
From Catie's Corner vinyeard located in Windsor just north of us. Some of the prettiest Viognier around comes from this vineyard. Wild flower honey, bees wax, spice, guava, kiwi, petricore, the smell of a fresh tropical fruit platter, bolder acid, and mouthwatering salinty.

Vintage:2018

Wine Type:White

Appellation:Russian River Valley

Cases Produced:68

Varietal:Viognier

Varietal Composition:

100%Viognier

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2019 Syrah ROSE Trenton Estate

$28.00

We have been around long enough to remember when Rose meant a ceramic jug, or laser sweet white zinfandel! It's amazing what a few decades can do to the reputation of Rose! It is now hot, hip, and cool. We used a block of our Trenton Estate Syrah, pressing on top of the already squeezed Gewurztraminer skins and Viognier skins, the whole clusters of Syrah were lightly pressed to taste, and then fermented in stainless steel barrels. Beautiful color this year, delicate, crisp Rose has all the characteristics you want from top flight grapes, a perfect summer wine!

From the Robb Report:

From one of Northern California’s old-school producers—Joseph Swan (with more than 50 vintages under its belt)—comes a rosé with no reference points. Just try to wrap your head around this explanation: “Whole clusters were lightly pressed on top of already pressed Gewürztraminer and Viognier skins.” The result is exotic—perfumed aromas of stone fruit and almonds on the nose. On the palate, complex layers of plum, apricot, and mango are set off by crushed herbs and orange zest.

Link Here: https://robbreport.com/food-drink/wine/gallery/best-new-rose-wines-2919031/19rosebs/

Vintage:2019

Wine Type:Rose

Appellation:Russian River Valley

Cases Produced:126

Varietal:Syrah

Awards:

91 Points Wine Enthusiast

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2018 Viognier Catie's Corner

$28.00
From Catie's Corner vinyeard located in Windsor just north of us. Some of the prettiest Viognier around comes from this vineyard. Wild flower honey, bees wax, spice, guava, kiwi, petricore, the smell of a fresh tropical fruit platter, bolder acid, and mouthwatering salinty.

Vintage:2018

Wine Type:White

Appellation:Russian River Valley

Cases Produced:68

Varietal:Viognier

Varietal Composition:

100%Viognier

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2019 Syrah ROSE Trenton Estate

$28.00

We have been around long enough to remember when Rose meant a ceramic jug, or laser sweet white zinfandel! It's amazing what a few decades can do to the reputation of Rose! It is now hot, hip, and cool. We used a block of our Trenton Estate Syrah, pressing on top of the already squeezed Gewurztraminer skins and Viognier skins, the whole clusters of Syrah were lightly pressed to taste, and then fermented in stainless steel barrels. Beautiful color this year, delicate, crisp Rose has all the characteristics you want from top flight grapes, a perfect summer wine!

From the Robb Report:

From one of Northern California’s old-school producers—Joseph Swan (with more than 50 vintages under its belt)—comes a rosé with no reference points. Just try to wrap your head around this explanation: “Whole clusters were lightly pressed on top of already pressed Gewürztraminer and Viognier skins.” The result is exotic—perfumed aromas of stone fruit and almonds on the nose. On the palate, complex layers of plum, apricot, and mango are set off by crushed herbs and orange zest.

Link Here: https://robbreport.com/food-drink/wine/gallery/best-new-rose-wines-2919031/19rosebs/

Vintage:2019

Wine Type:Rose

Appellation:Russian River Valley

Cases Produced:126

Varietal:Syrah

Awards:

91 Points Wine Enthusiast

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