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Small Vines Russian River Pinot Noir 2009 Product #25998 (In Stock)
Small Vines Russian River Pinot Noir 2009 Small Vines Russian River Pinot Noir 2009

I find this to perfectly marry classic Russian River fruit with a precision and grace more commonly found in Oregon or even Burgundy.  Lovely now and able to improve for 5+ years.

"Sexy, high-pitched aromas of wild red berries, Asian spices, rose petal and lavender. Fresh and sharply delineated, offering a silky texture and concentrated red fruit and candied rose flavors. Shows very good depth but this is carrying no fat. The long finish features gentle, fine-grained tannins and lingering floral and spice notes."International Wine Cellar 91 points

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Small Vines Russian River Pinot Noir 2011 Product #27591 (In Stock)
Small Vines Russian River Pinot Noir 2011 Small Vines Russian River Pinot Noir 2011

Even in lighter vintages, this wine shines.  Paul Slaon planted and farms these vineyards using dense plantings and low training, believing that "the smaller the vine, the better the wine."  Hard to argue when you taste this!

"(75% Baranoff fruit and the rest from the Sloan's estate, on the west side of Sebastopol; 25% new oak): Bright ruby-red. Suave, incisive strawberry, dried cherry and floral scents are brightened by brisk minerality. Lithe but potent red berry flavors are crisp and impressively focused, with a late note of cherry skin adding bitter grip. There's an appealing sweetness to the finish, which features fine-grained tannins and a touch of candied rose."International Wine Cellar 91 points

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Small Vines Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2012 Product #28221 (In Stock)
Small Vines Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2012 Small Vines Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2012

I saw these vines growing in Paul Sloan’s home vineyard just two years after they were planted, and I’ve been bugging him for an allocation of Chardonnay ever since.  This is Paul’s first commercial release, and it shows what Paul calls “obsessively tended vines” on the Russian River/Sonoma Coast borderline can deliver.  The vineyard is planted to a mixture of Hyde Wente and Kistler Mt Eden Wente clones – California Chardonnay classics – and cropped to 1.5 pounds of fruit per vine.  Organically farmed and hand-tended throughout the lovely 2012 growing season, this is a brilliant debut Chardonnay release.

Pretty aromas of ripe pear, golden apple, and caramel on the nose with a touch of fresh butter and hint of vanilla for complexity and toasted nuts emerging with air.  The flavors and texture are very pure and elegant, but with plenty of volume and intensity to the crisp apple, green pineapple, toasted nut and salty caramel flavors that race across the palate.  There’s enough acidity for freshness and to match with food, but the finish is soft and chalky with notes of vanilla, caramel, butter and lemon lingering nicely.  Delicious to  just sip and ponder and even better with scallops or a buttery chicken dish.

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Small Vines Russian River Pinot Noir Estate Cuvee 2012 Product #28220 (In Stock)
Small Vines Russian River Pinot Noir Estate Cuvee 2012 Small Vines Russian River Pinot Noir Estate Cuvee 2012

Paul thinks that this could be his best Pinot Noir yet, and it’s the first time that he’s used fruit from all of his estate vineyards in a single bottling.  As in 2011, Baranoff provides more than half the fruit, but 25% comes from super low vigor Old Mill site in Green Valley.  About 12% comes from the MK Vineyard on the Sonoma Coast and the rest from the Barlow Homestead vineyard, where Paul and Kathryn live.  Paul farms all of these sites organically now, with no chemical fertilizers or herbicides – but lots and lots of handwork.  The best barrels from each vineyard were selected for this 383 case cuvee.

Not yet reviewed by the press, I’m inclined to agree that this is Paul’s best Russian River Pinot Noir ever.  A little swirling reveals layered aromas of black and Bing cherry, licorice root, red flowers, and fresh turned earth.  On the palate, the wine has much more richness and concentration than the 13.6% alcohol suggests, with pure and intense flavors of sweet cherry, Asian 5 spice, cola nut, and a touch of blackberry and vanilla.  The tannins are very elegant and fine grained, but provide ample support for food or cellaring, and the sour cherry, spice, and earth flavors linger on and on.  Lovely, luscious, stuff.

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