RAEN winery | harvest day ☝️ | I call this the magic Swan - Clone | The history of this beautiful pinot noir bunch is shrouded in mystery and hard to point with certainty where the clone originated. One reason might be because of its link to one of the worlds most historical vineyards in Burgundy, DRCs' Romanée-Conti. Without having this confirmed, nor denied what I did dig up is that the final selection of this clone was made by two legendary winemakers, André Tchelistcheff (my grandfathers pal) and Joseph Swan back in 1969. Who brought the original wood over and under what terms is still not certain.
Almost as mysterious as how I pulled this cluster from the tank with my mind (of course no one was looking). In observation and upon tasting, what we have are small, dark, tightly bunched berries with incredible flavors, beautiful tannin structure, balanced acidity and promise. Needless to say our 2018 harvest has officially kicked off for our small cellar at RAEN and we think it’s pretty foxing swanky. #raentowine #swanclone 🙌😜