WINEMAKER(S)
Rod Berglund

2018 AUCTION LOT NO. 44

Sonoma County Barrel Auction
JOSEPH SWAN VINEYARDS
Too Cool for School

Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Viognier
Trenton Estate
Russian River Valley
2016
5 CASES PRODUCED
Sonoma County

ABOUT THE WINE

In 1969, all the experts told Joe Swan that the Russian River Valley was too cold for Cabernet Sauvignon. Never one to back down from a challenge, Swan planted a small number of vines anyway. And sure, there is no question that these Cabs are cool-climate, but the wines crafted from this brave, chilly block, planted in the 1970s, continue to be recognized as classics. Flash-forward to 1995, when Winemaker Rod Berglund was told that the vineyard was too cold for Syrah… He took a page from Swan’s book, recognizing the success of two neighborhood vineyards, and  planted it it anyway. Spoiler alert: it worked out great.

Today these Cabernet Sauvignon vines produce just over one barrel in a good year, and the Syrah just a tiny bit more, and both are of exceptional quality and highly unique characteristics. The winery has never played with blending the two—until now. This never before, never again wine is spectacular, and because of Berglund’s insistence on only bottling the Cabernet Sauvignon when there is enough made to justify it, this wine will never be duplicated.

ESTIMATED BOTTLING DATE

May 2018

ESTIMATED SHIPPING DATE

April 2019

A winemaker dinner or store visit is offered as part of this lot. Must be scheduled on a mutually agreeable date and booked within a year of receipt.