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 Vintage2009 Label 1 of 4 
ProducerJoseph Swan Vineyards (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
DesignationCuvée de Trois
SubRegionSonoma County
AppellationRussian River Valley

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2012 and 2017 (based on 5 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 89.4 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 57 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Too much practice. on 4/25/2015 & rated 89 points: A serious wine. Still in good form. Walled with flavour but it somehow didn't complement a bbq leg of lamb. Still a terrific wine but not the right pairing for something as smoky. Shame as probably my best Pinot. (145 views)
 Tasted by Too much practice. on 12/26/2014 & rated 93 points: Served with a Garsington picnic and it blew the bloody doors off. Gentle, but depth with an enduring finish. (626 views)
 Tasted by FandL on 11/27/2014 & rated 89 points: light body style pinot. It paired well with Thanksgiving dinner. (689 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 4/20/2014 & rated 87 points: Lean, rather austere, muted pinot aroma and fruit. A reminder that all Joseph Swan wines need time. At the moment this is significantly too young to enjoy (1622 views)
 Tasted by Too much practice. on 2/28/2014 & rated 82 points: Sorry. It is fine, but disappointing, especially at £24. The fruit is contained, it is not acidic, there is some tepid warmth. Mrs Practice was pleased. But I really expected more sweet tannins, or depth of flavour. This was light, fine-bodied, delicate - another man's virtues. (1873 views)
 Tasted by mlwhitfi on 2/24/2014 & rated 90 points: Light in color, nose of cherry pie, rhubarb, spice, hint of licorice. Nice acidity, bright forward fruit, & baking spice. (1800 views)
 Tasted by gutt22 on 7/7/2013: 14.3% alcohol. Red cherry color. Very pretty nose of red cherry and a bit of black cherry, light flowers, and classic RRV baking spice. In the mouth, pure fruit and terrific acidity. This is a juicy, bursting Pinot that's a delight to drink. A- (2550 views)
 Tasted by JAT on 6/24/2013 & rated 91 points: Nice red fruit suggestive of strawberry and rasberry aroma and flavor. Silky mouthfeel. Opens up nicely with some time out of the bottle. (2386 views)
 Tasted by GraemeBell on 3/29/2013 & rated 90 points: Fresh, vibrant and silky with a core of intense cherry fruit. (1956 views)
 Tasted by gutt22 on 2/22/2013: 14.3% alcohol. Light red cherry color. Gorgeous nose of red cherry, black cherry, and baking spice. In the mouth, focused and beautiful. Lovely red and black cherry fruit, a light floral note, baking spice, and a hint of mushrooms. Bright acidity. Refined finish. As good as value gets in Pinot. A- (2099 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 2/20/2013: A bit sweet, the acidity and tart cherry/strawberry was pleasant enough. Not much grip or tannic attributes. Wonderful berry nose with a rouch of spice (pepper/cinamon). Popped and poured after a bit of a shake. Nice blend and very approachable now. Good value. (2136 views)
 Tasted by Seth n Jamie on 1/12/2013 & rated 84 points: Not as good as I was expecting. Not much too it. (1434 views)
 Tasted by Dr AJ on 1/3/2013 & rated 84 points: Still charming, but not as good as last time. (887 views)
 Tasted by rmh66 on 10/19/2012 & rated 88 points: Lovely nose of earth, forest floor, black cherry, flowers, smoke, raspberry, and a little orange peel. Black and red cherry, earth, herbs, spice, and a little vanilla on the relatively subdued palate. Decent acidity. There's a little warmth on the earthy finish. This wine is tasty and nice, but I wish there was a little more oomph on the palate. (1993 views)
 Tasted by edarrincox on 9/13/2012 & rated 85 points: Honestly, do not understand the comments below. Barely drinkable. I will not be ordering any more Joseph Swan wines. Have enjoyed only a few of their wines of the 2 cases bought earlier this year. (2351 views)
 Tasted by Dr AJ on 9/3/2012 & rated 85 points: Intense aromas of strawberry, rhubarb, red cherry, toffee. On the palate, a little hot and lacking in complexity and nuance, but very delicious: sweet, ripe and full-flavoured, but also quite delicate, and with a nice seam of acidity. Good juice. (2272 views)
 Tasted by edjade on 6/22/2012: Smells good--tastes great! I was excited about this wine after the first sniff, and it was very drinkable after aeration. We liked it so much that we could not follow the advice to leave it open 2-3 days and return to it. Good thing we have another bottle. (2744 views)
 Tasted by scott davis on 6/18/2012 & rated 90 points: Medium purple in color, and slightly cloudy. There’s an earthy funk on the nose, with cherry, strawberry, and sandalwood aromas showing through. The palate exhibits bright red cherry, black tea, tilled soil, and spice. Medium finish. (2667 views)
 Tasted by gutt22 on 6/13/2012: 14.3% alcohol. This is a bit more closed up than six months ago. Still a pretty nose of red and black cherry, with plenty of spice notes. On the palate, a really gorgeous red cherry pie streak, with strong minerality, and more spice notes. Bright acidity and a long finish. But generally the wine is more compact and just a touch clipped in the aromatics and on the finish at this stage. Not uncommon for Cuvee de Trois at this age. This is a beautiful wine. Quite age-worthy. I thought it would become more aromatic by this point, but it just needs some more time. A- (2436 views)
 Tasted by RobertDwyer on 6/12/2012 & rated 92 points: The thing that strikes me about this bottling, after going through a few of them, is how earnest and authentic it is. It's like a friend who bring some moderately suspect traits to the table [in the case of this wine an inconsistent amount of murky sediment, or not] but in the grand scheme of things you embrace it with open arms because the whole package is just so delightful. It's also quite affordable so the net of it is I really adore this wine. Outstanding. (3041 views)
 Tasted by PIntag on 5/5/2012 & rated 89 points: Pinot Noir - Mendocino and Sonoma Counties (The Wine Country, Signal Hill, CA): $28.99. Not much on the nose. Rich savory fruit and a little creamy on the attack but transitioned to tart and slightly candied on the mid-palate. Well-balanced but seems very youthful at this point. I'd be interested in revisiting this in a year or two. (2971 views)
 Tasted by atun53 on 5/1/2012 & rated 88 points: Enjoyable enough. Dark cherries, somewhat spicy. No heat or alcohol poking through. Shut down after about 2 hours of being opened. Started to show itself again after 24 hours with more subtle floral notes and the spice mellowed. (2800 views)
 Tasted by glaze3 on 4/27/2012: This may be the best CdT to date. Ripe black cherry with lots of spice box and a nice earthy note. Zippy acidity rounds out a truly enjoyable experience. Never a wine to sit and contemplate, but always a tasty treat. (2645 views)
 Tasted by wineduggery on 4/16/2012 & rated 91 points: A light-weight, unfiltered Pinot with wonderful depth of flavor. The best QPR for a Pinot that I know of. Definitely from the RRV. Beautiful. (2741 views)
 Tasted by isaacjamesbaker on 3/25/2012 & rated 91 points: Sonoma Wine Tasting & San Francisco - March 2012; 3/22/2012-3/27/2012: This pinot was tied with the Saralee's Vineyard 2007 for my palate. Light cherry color in the glass. Richer fruit on the nose than the Saralee's, with currant and a streak of minerality. Fresh cherry fruit, bold and bright, along with hints of earthiness. Superb acid and structure. This wine has years ahead of it, but it's so pure and fresh right now. (3106 views)
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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 (6/18/2011)
(Joseph Swan Vineyards Pinot Noir Cuvée de Trois) Lifted, raspberry, black raspberry nose; black raspberry, black cherry palate; medium-plus finish  90 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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