Joseph Swan Vineyards

Joseph Swan Vineyards is a small family owned winery located in the heart of Sonoma County, California's famed Russian River Valley. Although they specialize in vineyard designated pinot noir and old vine zinfandel, Joseph Swan also produces small lots of other wines including Rhone style wine, pinot gris and chardonnay.

Joe really believed that, when it came to grape growing and winemaking, small was beautiful. A small vineyard could be tended by one person. Small crops led to more intense, ageworthy wines. A small winery allowed you to oversee every aspect from fermentation to bottling. Joe was a perfectionist and felt that if the wine was to carry his name, then he should be personally responsible for every aspect of its production. In 1967 he purchased a small farm on Laguna Road near the town of Forestville in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County and Joe Swan Vineyards was established.

Joseph Swan strives to make interesting wines that reflect their unique origins and to price them fairly. The mere fact that they are still here after 40 years means they must be doing something right.

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Joseph Swan 'Kent the Younger' Chardonnay 2014
From vines planted nearly 50 years ago what we believe is the old Wente clone. 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
Item Number: 24585

Joseph Swan 'Mancini Ranch' Zinfandel 2011
Tasting notes: One of the most personal of all memories is of childhood tastes and smells. There is not logical reason for likes and dislikes buried deep in our childhood memories. Nor is there any way you can adequately explain it to someone that wasn’t there. My first impression upon smelling this

Joseph Swan 'Mancini Ranch' Zinfandel 2009
91  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 91 "Deep ruby. A complex, spice-tinged bouquet evokes ripe cherry and boysenberry, with smoke and licorice nuances in the background. Fleshy and supple in texture, offering concentrated cherry compote and floral pastille flavors plus a suggestion of fruitcake. Takes a darker turn on

Joseph Swan 'Trenton Estate' Pinot Noir 2011
92  Stephen Tanzer 
Stephen Tanzer 92 "Vivid red. Fresh red fruits, flowers and Asian spices on the highly perfumed nose. Juicy and precise, offering vibrant raspberry and cherry flavors and a refreshingly bitter touch of blood orange. Packs a serious punch but comes off lithe. Finishes long and sweet, with gentle

Joseph Swan 'Mancini Ranch' Zinfandel 2008
91  Stephen Tanzer 
Stephen Tanzer 91 "Inky ruby. Pungent cherry and dark berries, pipe tobacco, flowers and underbrush on the nose. Creamy cherry and cassis flavors are lifted by zesty minerality and show very good focus. Becomes richer on the finish, which leaves cherry compote and spicecake notes behind."  "

Joseph Swan 'Kent the Younger' Chardonnay 2011
92  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 92 "With only 12.5% alcohol by volume, this young-vine Chardonnay is one of the lightest, most delicate Chardonnays the winery has ever produced. But it’s not shy on flavor, delivering waves of tropical fruits, peaches, vanilla and buttered toast. Long and sweet in honey, it

Joseph Swan 'Great Oak' Pinot Noir 2009
93  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 93 "Editor's Choice - You can smell and taste the damp, cool, forest countryside of the Russian River Valley in this wine. Flavors of earth, mushroom, decaying tree bark and pine needle are all present, and the notes of cherry, cola and pomegranate are intense. It’s fairly tannic,

Joseph Swan 'Trenton Estate' Pinot Noir 2010
94  Stephen Tanzer 
Stephen Tanzer 94 "Deep red. Heady aromas of dark berry preserves, cherry-cola, vanilla and candied licorice, with a spicy topnote. Velvety and seamless in texture, offering sappy, penetrating blueberry and cherry flavors that stain the palate. Strikingly intense but in no way heavy, with

Joseph Swan 'Great Oak' Syrah 2007
94  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 94 "The explosive blackberry, wild berry and raspberry flavors are snappy and vivid, deeply concentrated and sharply focused. Ends with a long, pure, spice- and berry-laced finish. Drink now through 2022. 143 cases made. –JL"  " Aromas of ripe plum, bacon fat, leather and sage. In

Joseph Swan 'Trenton Estate' Pinot Noir 2009
93  Stephen Tanzer 
Stephen Tanzer 93 "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.

Joseph Swan 'Trenton Estate' Pinot Noir 2007
97  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 97 "Editor's Choice - An awesome Pinot Noir it's hard to find words to describe its beauty. It's bone dry and rich in stimulating acidity, and the cherry and raspberry fruit flavors have an earthy, mushroomy quality that grounds the wine and gives it a real sense of terroir. Shows