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 Vintage2009 Label 1 of 10 
(NOTE: Label borrowed from 2010 vintage.)
ProducerJoseph Swan Vineyards (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
VineyardTrenton Estate
SubRegionSonoma County
AppellationRussian River Valley

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2013 and 2038 (based on 4 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Joseph Swan Pinot Noir Trenton Estate on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 92.1 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 26 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by jwsmith on 11/20/2014 & rated 93 points: Really great wine, elegant burgundy from CA (802 views)
 Tasted by jwsmith on 11/6/2014 & rated 94 points: Awesome very burgundy like beautiful wine (773 views)
 Tasted by vancouvermatt on 1/11/2014 & rated 91 points: Better than previous bottle. (1617 views)
 Tasted by gutt22 on 8/18/2013: 14.2% alcohol. Absolutely gorgeous. Full cherry color. Beautiful bouquet of red cherry, black cherry, earth, spice, and flowers. In the mouth, youthful and so full of life. Gorgeous cherry fruit, layers of earth and spice already showing their hand. Terrific acidity. And a long finish that flexes some tannic muscle. This will age effortlessly. But fantastic. A (2093 views)
 Tasted by Johnahieb on 7/22/2013 & rated 92 points: Great balance and finesse. Dried rose petal scent. Spice, dark cherry, and earth in the mouth. (1985 views)
 Tasted by fine137 on 6/2/2013 & rated 92 points: So much better than a year ago. This is progressing nicely and has a long life ahead. (1669 views)
 Tasted by williamswhine on 3/23/2013 & rated 94 points: Awesome wine-- easy to drink. Dark cherry, allspice. Extremely pleasing to drink, well balanced from start to finish, great nice long finish. Depsite the year, this wine is drinking very nicely! (1895 views)
 Tasted by DonWinspear on 1/23/2013 & rated 92 points: Dark strawberry color. Nose of cherry, strawberry. Palate is bright and lively. Strawberry, dark cherry, hint of raspberry. Balanced acidity, very nice mouthfeel. Moderate finish. Overall, I really like this Pinot and am glad I have more. Tannins suggest there are some rewarding years ahead. (1381 views)
 Tasted by jackstraw on 10/23/2012 & rated 92 points: Very impressive Pinot - wonderful nose and terrific finish (1454 views)
 Tasted by jsums on 7/26/2012 & rated 90 points: Ruby color. Nose: black cherry, pomegranate, and persimmon with accents of clove, star anise, tobacco leaf, and wet rock. Medium/lighter body on the palate: black cherry, persimmon, and plum framed by star anise, toasted cedar, tobacco leaf, and wet rock. Aggressive acidity. Moderate/lighter tannins. Linger wet rock, toasted cedar, and tobacco leaf on the long finish. Deep flavor intensity without excess weight. Impressive. (1482 views)
 Tasted by edarrincox on 7/14/2012 & rated 88 points: Good, not great Pinot. Light color (1486 views)
 Tasted by tbone on 7/5/2012: Love it. Soft, smokey, silky and delicious. (1364 views)
 Tasted by Chris@77 on 7/3/2012 & rated 94 points: Agree with 'pomerol'. This was a terrific bottle of wine, very unexpected (read on). Purchased from the winery, I've waited a couple months to try the 2009, drunk with a Bouchard Volnay. Full disclosure: I love JSwan wines. The 2009 was unexpectedly good because other 2009 pinots tasted have been pleasant but not exceptional. Medium ruby color, medium body, the Trenton 2009 exhibits classic RR aromas, earth notes, and red fruits. It is very well balanced - fruit, acid, tannin - long finish. More importantly, it is fruity without being overly sweet, a characteristic of Swan wines. As the evening wore on the 2009 only improved, a good match for a marinated, herb encrusted pork loin roast. The Trenton seriously overshadowed the Volnay. This wine is - not surprisingly - more accessible at this stage than the 2007 or 2008 but those wines are not closed at this point. For me it is notably better than the 2008 and competitive with the 2007. I look forward to drinking them both together in a few years and making the comparison. Wonderful wine to drink young. Can't recommend it enough. (1308 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 6/11/2012 & rated 91 points: Rare Wine Co. Joseph Swan Retrospective Dinner (Murray Circle Restaurant, Cavallo Point, Marin, California): Dark cherry red color; tart cherry, tart black cherry, black raspberry nose; tasty, tart black cherry, black raspberry palate with balance; needs 2 years; medium-plus finish 91+ points (1415 views)
 Tasted by jwsmith on 5/28/2012 & rated 93 points: Tremendous wine long rich very deep color excellent.. (1178 views)
 Tasted by pomerol on 5/18/2012 & rated 94 points: Beautiful nose of rich ripe rasberry and strawberry, some notes of mint and earth as well. On the palate similar bright berry flavors with very fine structure and not even a hint of excess fruitiness or overripe qualities.A-Typical in all the right ways. Should age really well. (1253 views)
 Tasted by DonWinspear on 4/10/2012 & rated 91 points: Garnet color with very light meniscus. Nose of red berry, white pepper, hint of tobacco. Touch of alcohol. It's young. The palate reveals strawberry, pepper, raspberry, black cherry. Very light florals. Nice minerality and tannic structure serves as the backbone, indicating significant potential in the cellar. Nice long finish that ends in fruit, no bitterness. (1368 views)
 Tasted by fine137 on 3/18/2012: Not rated, too early (1377 views)
 Tasted by pinotblanc on 3/9/2012 & rated 93 points: It is young and thin right at opening. But after 1 hour it opens up, quite enjoyable. Maybe not as good as 2008. (1351 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, May/June 2012, IWC Issue #162
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By Antonio Galloni
Vinous, The Best of Sonoma (Feb 2012)
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By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Jul/Aug 2011, Issue #34, Joseph Swan Vineyards: Another Hold Out From the Golden Age
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By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, May/June 2011, IWC Issue #156
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By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (6/11/2012)
(Joseph Swan Vineyards Pinot Noir Trenton Estate) Dark cherry red color; tart cherry, tart black cherry, black raspberry nose; tasty, tart black cherry, black raspberry palate with balance; needs 2 years; medium-plus finish 91+ points  91 points
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Pinot Noir

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Pinot Noir is the Noble red grape of Burgundy, capable of ripening in a cooler climate, which Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot will not reliably do. It is unpredictable and difficult both to grow and to vinify, but results in some of the finest reds in the world. It is believed to have been selected from wild vines two thousand years ago. It is also used in the production of champagne. In fact, more Pinot Noir goes into Champagne than is used in all of the Cote d'Or! It is also grown in Alsace, Germany, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Austria, and so forth, with varying degrees of success.


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