Last week while cruising through the Russian River Valley, I passed by Joseph Swan Vineyards (I literally went past, but then turned around as I wanted to visit this legendary vintner). I am quite happy that I did go back as I ended up tasting some extraordinary wines, and even purchasing one bottle. I tasted the 2008 Gewurztraminer Saralee's Vineyard, 2007 Chardonnay Trenton Estate, 2007 Pinot Noir Cuvee de Trois, 2006 Tannat (yes, Tannat from the Russian River), and the 2006 Mourvedre Russian River. Huh? Yes, Mourvedre. I was not expecting that one.
Swan is well known for old-school Pinot and a few other items (in fact, a hefty portion of the Pinot grown in RRV is descended from Swan clones), but Tannat and Mourvedre! (I bet it is more common than I imagine)
I really enjoyed the Mourvedre and ended up buying a bottle. Tonight I looked it up on the Swan website, and was surprised to see that they only made 25 cases of this wine (one barrel) - they were tasting it in the tasting room and not one mention of the limited availability. Now I realize that scarcity does not equate to quality, but it sure is fun to partake in something that is relatively rare and that only a few will get to enjoy. The wine was quite good. I have not opened my bottle, yet. But when I do I will relay the notes.