Pinot Noir Cuvee de Trois 2012 Joseph Swan

Rod is a Burgundy fanatic so it is no surprise that his Pinots are often quite Burgundian in style – cherry, red apple with hints of spice with 25% new oak- elegant, rich and balanced.

Based in the Russian River Valley, one of California’s greatest areas for fine wine. Swan Vineyards winery was founded by Joseph Swan in 1967 and the operation is now run by Joseph’s daughter and son-in-law Lynn and Rod Burglund.

A chance encounter with someone who was working with Joe Swan led to an introduction to him.  At a tasting in Calistoga a bit later, Joe asked  why Rod had rated a particular wine first. He told him that although there were other wines in the tasting that were more dramatic, this one wine was the most complete, had perfect balance, and would probably be better than all of the rest with a few years in bottle. Rod really didn't have anything to base this on other than gut feeling, he was the only one, including Joe Swan, who had rated it that highly. As it turned out, it was Joe’s wine. That night he told Rod he needed to become a winemaker.

After tasting the range of wines produced by Rod Burglund in a generic USA tasting in London we have long championed his wines- purity of fruit, elegant balance and always great tasting wines which never disappoint!