Joseph Swan Great Oak Syrah 2012

£39.95 GBP

This producer was established in California in 1967 by Joseph Swan. The operation is now run by Joseph's daughter and son in law. They are based in the Russian River Valley and Sonoma, and are perhaps best known for their wines made from Zinfandel and Pinot Noir, but they also have small parcels of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. They operate a hands off approach to winemaking, preferring to see what nature has given them each year, then work out how to make the best wine they can, there is no fixed formula.

We have a few bottles left of their Syrah, which now has some decent bottle age.They make wines which show elegance, with some feral funky elements. It is medium bodied, quite rich and warming, with dark cherry, blueberry and plum notes. But there is also a bit of leather, woodland aromas and something gamey. The tannins are soft and it is very approachable now. This is very enjoyable, it would work well with venison or a truffle pasta dish I reckon.