Swick Palhete 2020
Unlike some of his European wine brethren, Joe Swick got into wine not by birth, but by working as a shipping/receiving clerk at a specialty organic food store in Portland, where he was able to taste a lot of different wines and meet a lot of Oregonian winemakers. He worked his first harvest in 2003 in Oregon, and from then until 2012 he worked 15 different harvests, traveling all over the world as far as Tasmania, France, Portugal, and Italy. He even spent some time with the legendary Simon Busser in Cahors, France. Joe returned to Oregon in 2013 to start Swick Wines in the Willamette Valley. He works only with sustainable or organically farmed vineyards that are not irrigated, from cooler climate locations. Many of the wines have zero sulfur added, a direction Joe is excited to continue pursuing. His "Palhete" is a blend of 90% Verdelho and 10% Graciano. Very expressive; peppery with dark purple fruit. The Verdelho is peachy nectarine, floral, with a honeysuckle component. A wine to be drunk all day long to quench your thirst.