WINEMAKER(S)
Rod Berglund (Joseph Swan Vineyards), Matt Courtney (Arista Winery)

2018 AUCTION LOT NO. 62

Sonoma County Barrel Auction
JOSEPH SWAN VINEYARDS,
ARISTA WINERY

Thrilling Three Birds

Pinot Noir
Trenton Estate 50%, Three Birds 50%
Russian River Valley
2017
5 CASES PRODUCED
Sonoma County

ABOUT THE WINE

Joseph Swan first planted Pinot Noir in the Russian River Valley in 1969 to what is now known as the Swan Clone. Since 1972, the grapes have never left the estate property. In 2017 Mark McWilliams, the major domo of Arista Winery, approached Rod Berglund of Joseph Swan Vineyards with a radical proposal. Arista’s Two Birds Estate Vineyard, although not as ancient, is also a monopole, meaning no other winery had ever produced wine from these specific vines. His idea? The wineries would swap some grapes, with Rod making a lot of Two Birds from Arista and Matt making some Trenton Estate.

The resulting wines from this intriguing venture are both exceptional and have a backstory that will make the discerning collector swoon. From what has been dubbed The Three Birds Project (two birds and a swan), these two venerable wineries have decided to produce a single blended lot of this first-time, last-time monumental project. You will not find anything quite like this again.

ESTIMATED BOTTLING DATE

September 2018

ESTIMATED SHIPPING DATE

June 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.