Small Vines Wines

Owner(s) Kathryn Sloan, Paul Sloan
Web site www.smallvines.com
 
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Small Vines Wines Paul and Kathryn Sloan released their first Pinot Noir with the 2005 vintage. They also are owners of Small Vines Viticulture, established in 1998 to plant and farm ultra high-density planted vineyards in the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast appellations. High density plantings are from 2722 to 3630 vines per acre, 2-3 pounds per vine. "The smaller the vine, the better the wine."

The consulting winemaker is Byron Kosuge. Their wines are sold through a mailing list. 707-823-0886.

Reviewed Wines

2013 Small Vines Wines Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

14.1% alc., pH 3.45, TA 0.55, 353 cases, $sold out. Sourced from the estate Barlow Homestead Vineyard planted in Sebastopol in 2009. Vineyard is farmed organically by Small Vines Viticulture, Inc.. 3,630 vines per acre in Goldridge sandy loam. Clones are Hyde, Wente and Kistler Mt. Eden Wente selections. Barrel fermented with native yeast and native MLF. Aged 10 months on fine lees in 10% new French oak, 10% stainless steel and 80% neutral French oak. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately light golden straw color and clear in the glass. Pleasing aromas of lemon, apple, apricot and salty minerality. Bright, with excellent grip and tension, featuring juicy flavors of lemon and green apple, with subtle oak adding interest in the background. A superb food wine. Score: 92. Reviewed December 10, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Small Vines Wines Estate Cuvée Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.6% alc., pH 3.73, TA 0.54, 383 cases, $N/A. About 56% Baranoff Vineyard, 25% Old Mill Vineyard, 12.5% MK Vineyard, and 6% Barlow Homestead Vineyard. Organically farmed by Small Vines Viticulture, Inc.. Clones are Dijon 113, 114, 115, 459, 667, 777, Swan, Calera and Pommard. Native yeast fermentation and native ML. 27% whole cluster. Aged 15 months on fine lees in 31% new French oak. 100% free run. · Medium reddish purple color in the glass. Aromas of dark berry pie and sweet oak lead to a mid weight core of flavorful cherry, raspberry, ollaliberry and spice. Admirable integration of oak and complimentary tannins make for easy drinking. A forward-drinking wine that aims to please with a soft mouthfeel and a finishing spurt of rich fruit goodness. Score: 92. Reviewed December 10, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Small Vines Wines Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

13.2% alc., 169 cases, $50. Released August 5, 2014. The newest single-vineyard Pinot Noir from the estate Barlow Homestead Vineyard. · Medium reddish purple color in the glass. Very appealing aromatic goodness with scents of black cherry, black raspberry and sousbois. Juicy, mid weight flavors of cherry, raspberry and cranberry with a touch of spice and a note of citrus in the background. Good tension and modest tannins make for easy drinking. Score: 90. Reviewed December 10, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Small Vines Wines Baranoff Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.4% alc., pH 3.69, TA 0.57, 93 cases, $65. Released August 5, 2014. Vineyard planted in 2001 at top of ridge above the Laguna de Santa Rosa, Sebastopol. Sustainably farmed by Small Vines Viticulture, Inc.. Mostly Calera clone with some 115 and 777. Native yeast fermentation and native MLF. 35% whole cluster. Aged 15 months on fine lees in 25% new French oak. 100% free run. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Glorious nose over time, sporting aromas of black cherry, balsam, baking spice and Christmas kitchen. Amazing presence on the palate with numbing fruit intensity rarely seen in Pinot Noir. The dark berry and cherry fruit sap grabs on tenaciously through a very long finish. The firm, youthful tannic backbone holds the fruit in check and there is enough acidity to brighten the wine. This is a powerhouse wine that will need a few years for the tannins to soften. Don’t even think about drinking this wine now unless you decant for several hours. Score: 94. Reviewed December 10, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Small Vines Wines MK Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

13.6% alc., pH 3.72, TA 0.52, 143 cases, $65. Released August 5, 2014. Vineyard planted in 1999 by Small Vines on an eastern-facing ridge above Occidental. Farmed organically using biodynamic practices. Clones 114, 115, 667 and 777. Native yeast fermentation and native MLF. 25% whole cluster. Aged 15 months on fine lees in 45% new French oak. 100% free run. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. A well-endowed wine offering bright scents of cherry, black raspberry, earthy flora and a hint of bark, and very tasty flavors of black cherry, black raspberry, cola and spice. Very polished and beautifully balanced with a healthy structure for aging. The wine finishes with a charge of deep black raspberry goodness. Score: 92. Reviewed December 10, 2014 ARTICLE »

2010 Small Vines Baranoff Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., pH 3.73, TA 0.56, <100 cases, $65. Mostly Calera with some 115 and 777 clones. High-density plantings (2722-3630 vines per acre). Native yeast fermentations, aged 15 months in 33% new French oak. 100% free run. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Vibrant aromas of dark red cherries, rose petals, and oak spice. A hint of apple core detracts. Middle weight flavor of black cherries with a complimentary hint of oak. Admirable finesse with mild tannins and some staying power on the fruit-driven finish. Better the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Good (+). Reviewed October 2, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Small Vines MK Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., pH 3.78, TA 0.54, 143 cases, $65. Dijon clones 114, 115, 667 and 777. Native yeast fermentations, aged 15 months in 50% new French oak. 100% free run. · Medium reddish-purple hue in the glass. Aromas of mixed berry compote, shrub and oiled wood. Moderately rich core of darker berries with a hint of old wood and stem, fashioned in an elegant style, yet displaying a healthy tannic presence. Better the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle with better integration of tannins. Needs more time in the cellar. Very good. Reviewed October 2, 2012 ARTICLE »

2009 Small Vines Wines Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., 386 cases, $50. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Deep aromas of cherries, jam on toast, and vanillin. On the palate, medium weight flavors of black cherries and cola are featured with a slight tarry, smoky accent. The tannins are nicely managed, the mid palate and finish offer pleasing intensity and the wine finishes dry and fruity. Good (+). Reviewed November 2, 2011 ARTICLE »

2009 Small Vines Baranoff Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., 75 cases, $65. Located on a hillside overlooking the Laguna de Santa Rosa, this vineyard also supplies grapes for the Small Vines Russian River Valley Cuvée. Mostly Calera clone with some Swan and Dijon 115 clone. 10% whole cluster. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Shy nose offering scents of berry jam, spice, oak cask and green garden. Tasty core of black cherry, black raspberry and plum fruit with slightly astringent tannins and a juicy, fruit-filled finish. Velvety on the palate, evolving slowly in the glass. Much more enticing the next day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Should be stellar in a few more years. Very good. Reviewed November 2, 2011 ARTICLE »

2009 Small Vines MK Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., 150 cases, $65. 10.5 miles from the ocean, this temperate site was planted in 1999 and has been farmed organically since 2006 with added biodynamic practices since 2007. · Moderately dark reddish-purple hue in the glass. Appealing aromas of dark berry jam, black plums and oak. Lovely flavors of dark red and black Pinot fruits, building in intensity with time in the glass, and finishing with impressive grand cru persistence of aromatic black cherries. Still young, but the pedigree of the fruit really stands out and it is hard to resist now. More intensely flavored and expressive the next day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Reviewed November 2, 2011 ARTICLE »

2008 Small Vines Wines Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 461 cases, $40. From high-density plantings of 2722 to 3630 vines per acre. Dijon clones 112, 113, 114, 115, 459, 667, 777 and Swan. 6.5% whole cluster, mostly native yeast fermentation, 20 days on skins, mostly native MLF, aged 15 months on fine lees in 39% new French oak barrels, bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Demure lovely scents of Bing cherries and red raspberries with accents of spice box and sweet oak. Vibrant and fresh fruit flavors with an earthy bent, picking up interest and intensity in the glass over time. Nicely balanced t n’a and a suave mouth feel to boot. Quintessential Russian River Valley Pinot. Very good. Reviewed November 7, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 Small Vines Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

One of the top wines tasted at WOPN - see lead article in Volume 8, Issue 13. · Reviewed April 8, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 Small Vines Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., pH 3.78, 277 cases, $50. 50% Baranoff Family Vineyard, 42% MK Vineyard, 8% Old Mill Vineyard (all 6 to 8 year old vines). Organically farmed 4 feet by 4 feet and 4 meter by 4 meter (2722-3350 vines per acre). Yields 1.1-2.5 lbs. per vine. Clones: Dijon 113, 114, 115, 459, 667, 777, and Swan. Native yeast fermentation and MLF. Aged 15 months on fine lees in 50% new French oak. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately deep reddish-purple color in the glass. Impressively fruity nose composed of spiced cherries and berries that is very pure and vivid. Delicious core of red cherries, strawberries and raspberries, nicely spiced with accents of cola, caressing in the mouth with a finish that sails along. A pretty and polished wine that is quintessential Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. Reviewed April 8, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 Small Vines MK Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., pH 3.68, 147 cases, $65. Organically farmed. Clones: Dijon 114, 115, 667 and 777. Native yeast fermentation and MLF. Aged 15 months on fine lees in 66% new French oak, unfined and unfiltered. Tasted at the Sloan’s estate vineyard. · A striking wine with a little more tannic backbone, more earthiness and darker fruits than the Russian River Valley bottling. Lightly oaked, with a spicy and tenacious palate and great persistence. Reviewed April 8, 2010 ARTICLE »

2006 Small Vines Wines Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., 375 cases, $42. From three high-density planted vineyards (2722-3630 vines per acre, 2-3 lbs per vine). The Sloan Family manages several vineyards in Sonoma County as well as producing their own wine under the Small Vines label. Their motto is, “The smaller the vine, the better the wine.” Clones are Swan, 113, 114, 115, 667, 777, and 459. 7 day cold soak, native yeast fermentation, aged 15 months in 50% new French oak. This is their second vintage. · Alluring black cherry fragrance with subtle oak and a touch of good Pinot funk. Nicely composed and lighter-weighted flavors of cherries and cranberries with a hint of smoke. A touch of heat peaks out on the nose and finish. Not a penetrating wine, but one that offers admirable elegance and pinotosity. Reviewed November 2, 2008 ARTICLE »

2006 Small Vines Wines Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

375 cases, $50. Sourced from three vineyards planted in 1999. The winemaker was Paul Sloan and consulting winemaker Anthony Austin. · This wine showed nicely at a focus tasting and created some buzz at Pinot Days. Sleek and seductive with lush cherry fruit, lively acidity, and a caressing texture. Reviewed July 7, 2008 ARTICLE »