- Small Vines Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2012 Product #28221 (In Stock)
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.
"Bright gold. Powerful, mineral-laced citrus and orchard fruits on the perfumed nose. On the palate, chewy Meyer lemon, apple and melon flavors are braced by juicy acidity and a hint of candied ginger. An iodine nuance builds with air and carries through the long, penetrating finish, which leaves a subtle floral note behind. This fruit was sourced from a single site, Barlow Homestead, that's planted to Hyde Wente and Kistler Mount Eden and Wente clones."International Wine Cellar 91 points
- Small Vines Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2012 Product #28995 (In Stock)
Just 174 cases made of this velvety, but weightless, beauty. For now - 2020.
"Made from young vines in the Sloans' Barlow Homestead vineyard in Sebastopol; 25% new oak. Vivid red. Sexy, spice-tinged red fruit and floral aromas show very good clarity. Silky and open-knit, offering fresh raspberry and rose pastille flavors underscored by juicy acidity. Closes supple and long, with gentle tannins folding into the sweet fruit. Shows a very approachable character now."International Wine Cellar 91 points