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Small Vines Wines (Sebastopol, CA)
2010 Baranoff Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir – 91
2010 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir- 89
2010 MK Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir –90
From owners Paul and Kathryn Sloan who founded Small Vines in 1998 with their first release in 2007 (vintage 2005). Their range continues to grow steadily as their new high density planted vineyard holdings come into production. They recommend if you are going to open a bottle young, be sure to decant it.
2010 Pinot Noir: (Russian River Valley, estate grown, 263 cases, SRP $55, 14.2%). An admirably pure and fresh essence of dark cherry and raspberry fruit aromas slides gracefully into delicious and seductively textured medium-bodied flavors. There is plenty of mouth coating extract that imparts a velvety mouth feel to the balanced and lingering finish that offers a perfectly good if not truly special level of complexity. 89/2017+
2010 Pinot Noir – Baranoff Vineyard: (Russian River Valley, vineyard planted in 2001, 100 cases, SRP $72, 14.2%). Here the nose is compositionally similar to that of the straight pinot cuvée but with a bit more spice and overall complexity. The delicious, round and lush medium full flavors possess very good volume and again plenty of mouth coating dry extract, all wrapped in a dusty and well-balanced finish. This is lovely and should amply reward medium to longer-term storage. 91/2018+
2010 Pinot Noir – MK Vineyard: (Sonoma Coast, planted in 1999, 150 cases, SRP $72, 14.1%). This is exceptionally pretty with attractively spicy aromas of plum, black cherry and sandalwood. There is a lovely mouth feel to the extract-rich flavors that are underpinned by ripe tannins on the solidly persistent finish that doesn’t display quite the same depth though it’s entirely possible that more will develop as there is certainly the underlying material to do so. Worth considering. 90/2018+
Come join us for Harvest 2012! Watch this slide show to give you a window into the Sloan Family’s favorite season. Next time- maybe you can get your hands dirty with us.
“MAKE ROOM IN YOUR CELLAR”
for the 2008 MK Vineyard
95 points-Pinot Report
“SMART BUY.”2008 Russian River
We are so excited to share with you the most recent reveiws of our 2008 wines!
Here is what the current Pinot Report had to say:
Small Vines Wines Just about anyone who’s active in North Coast Pinot Noir production has heard of Paul and Kathryn Sloan. Their vineyard farming and development company, Small Vines Viticulture, has earned the young couple quite a bit of attention for its application and adaptation of Burgundian viticultural techniques and sustainable practices to California vineyards. With the success of their vineyard management, Paul and Kathryn decided to apply what they have learned about growing Sonoma Coast and Russian River Valley Pinot Noir and set out to make their own artisan Pinot Noir. Current Pinot bottlings include regional Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast Pinots and a vineyard designate from the MK Vineyard. These are delicious Pinots made with care and passion by terrific people.
Small Vines Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2008 Medium-deep ruby color; deep, intense red cherry, spice and cola aromas; rich, ripe, complex red cherry and berry flavors with spice and cola notes; some oak; silky texture; good structure and balance; long finish. Beautifully rich and ripe Pinot that needs a little time in the glass and tastes great while you wait for it.452 cases made $50 Score: 93
SmallVines PinotNoir Sonoma Coast MK Vineyard 2008 Medium-deep ruby color;bit closed but deep and complex aromas of dark cherry and forest floor; deep, rich black cherry flavors with lots of complex earthy, forest floor notes: silky texture; nice oak; some tannin; good structure and balance; long finish. Very complex Pinot. Give it at least an hour of air and serve it with a braised meat dish- beef short ribs would be perfect. 147 cases made $65 Score: 95
Want a taste of the 2010 Harvest? Enjoy this fantastic video from www.SonomaCountyWineGuide.com
Harvest 2010 for Small Vines Wines is over! The picking was hard and fast as the temperatures rose quickly here in Northern California. Our grapes are now safely in tank, most are fermenting, some are still in cold soak. We will still be picking grapes for our Vineyard Farming clients for about another month. This is a great video giving an overview of what a Small Vines Harvest is like. Three generations of the Sloan Family working together to bring in the grapes we have farmed all year. It is a day of celebration in our home!
WineRiff.com was nice enough to come out and video Small Vines Viticulture installing bird netting at one of our vineyards. The bird netting goes on around veraison to protect the ripening fruit. You know what that means… Harvest is just around the corner!
Ray is a well-respected educator and writer of wine and also a dear friend to Small Vines. We had the opportunity to host his class of oenophiles in the vineyard last year, but this year Ray took the wine to one of his classes on Pinot and it was a hit! “The class loved it.”
You can find Ray’s writeup on his blog at:
http://rjwine.com/blog/2010/08/04/small-vines-russian-river-pinot-noir-2008/ or read below.
Small Vines, Russian River Valley, Pinot Noir 2008 This wine is a star. In the nose the fruit has a liqueur-like character, showing off its ripeness. In the mouth there is again that straddling of the Old and New Worlds that Small Vines pulls off vintage after vintage. The structure is there yet the fruit is opulent. The acidity is again a hallmark, taking the flavors in your mouth for a long and pleasurable ride.
This writeup is epitomizes what we strive for at Small Vines. We couldn’t be happier with what we’ve achieved with the ’08 Russian River Pinot and its good to hear our love of it echoing through the industry.