Classic California Zinfandel with a deep concentration of color and blue fruit on the nose. Hint of baking spice on the finish, soft tannins and a full body.
Joseph Swan grew up on a farm in North Dakota and was the son of teetotaler parents (his mother was in the Women’s Christian Temperance Union). During his adolescence Joe read a lot and stumbled upon a book about wine. The interest was sparked instantly and Joe attempted to make his first wine in the attic of his parents’ house with rhubarb he found in the garden, his mother’s ring washing machine and a crock from the kitchen. “History doesn’t record the score this first effort received from the critics, but one can safely assume that it didn’t rival his later efforts! Nonetheless, the beginning of a quest to become a winemaker was born. In the intervening years, Joe was an artist. He would later say that the only painting of significance that he did was on a famous mural painted during the depression. He was paid by the WPA and his job was to paint the blades of grass! Joe decided that he lacked the ability to succeed as an artist and pursued another of his interests in flying. During WWII he taught flying to the Army Air Corps and then took a job with Western Airlines as a pilot, a career path that he would follow until his retirement in 1974. During this time, his love affair with winemaking and grape-growing never waned.” In 1967 he purchased a small farm near the town of Forestville in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County. The property consisted of 13 acres of old Zinfandel vines, and Joe made his first wine in 1968. Today Joseph Swan is one of the most well-respected Zinfandels in the world.