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Joseph Swan Vineyards, “Bastoni Vineyards” Petite SirahSonoma County, California 2014 (750mL)

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Joseph Swan Vineyards, “Bastoni Vineyards” Petite Sirah Sonoma County, California 2014 (750mL)

“The story of Joseph Swan is legend, and the modern-era wines continue to burnish that legend. This is a game-changing aged expression of the Petite Sirah grape.”

The name Joseph Swan is synonymous with finesse. This goes not just for the estate’s Pinot Noirs (there is, of course, a clone of Pinot Noir named for the legendary Mr. Swan) but for all their many offerings—including those from grapes not widely known for their finesse. Here we have one of the most singular Petite Sirahs you'll ever taste, sourced from the same vineyard that graces the label of one of the most singular Zinfandels in California. Perhaps you, too, have tasted Swan’s iconic “Bastoni Vineyard” Zinfandel. It is in much wider circulation than their Bastoni Vineyard Petite Sirah, for a simple reason: there’s much more Zinfandel planted there! This is one of California’s great heritage vineyards, originally planted by Italian immigrants in the early 1900s, and, three generations later, it’s still in family hands. There’s only a small amount of Petite Sirah in the modern-day Bastoni Vineyard, sprinkled amidst the Zinfandel for blending purposes, but Swan’s longtime winemaker/successor, Rod Berglund, thought the Petite Sirah deserved a showcase. This ’14, which is beginning to display some of the leathery, spicy notes that come with time, may be the most aromatically nuanced and, yes, finessed Petite Sirah out there. It’s so much more than the typical inky mouthful of saturated dark fruit, and we got an amazing deal on it: Take the full measure of this wine, then consider the price, and it’s impossible not to be blown away.

  • CountryUnited States
  • RegionSonoma County, California
  • Sub-RegionFountaingrove District AVA
  • SoilSandy Clay Loam
  • BlendPetite Sirah
  • Alcohol13%
  • OakNeutral French Barrels
  • Temp.Serve at 60° F
  • GlasswareBordeaux Stem
  • DrinkingNow-2024
  • Decanting15 Minutes
  • PairingSlow-Cooker Beef Brisket

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