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2013 Joseph Swan "Trenton Estate" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir (Elsewhere $70) SKU #1294225

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Trenton Estate is the original home block planted by Joseph Swan himself in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The vines are a massale selection of heritage Pinot Noir clones and some reputed DRC suitcase cuttings. This storied block of vines has been propogated across California and beyond, the source of what has now become known as the "Swan Clone" or more accurately, "Swan Selection" Pinot Noir. Famed for its low yields, powerful concentration and ageability, this block has produced some of the most highly regarded Pinot Noirs in the history of the region.

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  • Scott Beckerley
    By: Scott Beckerley
    K&L Staff Member
    I love the fact that Joseph Swan, after all these years, still produces such textbook "Swan style" Pinot Noir. I have had vintages going back to the mid-80s, and these newer releases are no less interesting or unique. The Trenton is darker and deeper than is usual for Swan, and this offering has a deep, red fruit nose with cinnamon and spice box. On the palate, black cherry, cola, and more cinnamon. Great fruit and balance! Love it.
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    Joseph Swan's "Trenton Estate" bottling is an iconic wine. Much of this wine comes from the original late 1960s and early 1970s plantings of Pinot Noir on the estate. These vines are "Swan Selection," a collection of low yielding, heritage Pinot Noir vines, including a DRC suitcase clone, propagated by Joe Swan. The "newer" plantings on the estate are various Dijon clones replanted in 1996. The vines grow in the region's famed Goldridge clay-loam soils. The resulting wine is powerful and concentrated. Rich, ripe fruit with lots of black raspberry, dark cherry, loamy earth, mulling spices, and sandalwood. There's a signature sappiness and density to the Trenton Estate bottling that differentiates it from the producer's other wines. The magic of this wine is its somewhat unrivalled ability to combine the big, suave texture and fruit of Russian River with the wonderful savory, earthy, "sous bois" quality that makes Pinot Noir lovers weak at the knees! The 2013 Trenton Estate has this best-of-both-worlds quality in droves. It's in a prime spot for drinking, but experience suggests it's far from over the hill. Oh, and did I mention it's direct from the winery and 50% off?!
    Drink from 2021 to 2030


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