- Small Vines Russian River Pinot Noir 2009 Product #25998 (In Stock)
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
- Small Vines Russian River Pinot Noir 2010 Product #26822 (In Stock)
From a small vineyard Paul planted just behind his and wife Kathryn’s home outside of Sebastopol. The vines are still fairly young – all less than 10 years old now – but the potential is immense. The 2010 is darker fruited than previous vintages and starting to shut down a bit, but still delivers lovely aromatics and precise, detailed, Pinot flavors.
“Light, bright red. Strawberry and blood orange on the intensely perfumed nose, along with Asian spices and smoky minerals. Deeper and darker on the palate, offering silky red and dark berry liqueur flavors, with tangy minerality adding vivacity. Lithe, precise pinot, finishing with alluring sweetness and very good persistence.”International Wine Cellar 91 points
“Weaves a complex mix of ripe cherry, huckleberry, crushed rock and dried berry, gaining depth and length on the long, detailed finish. Drink now through 2021. 263 cases made.”Wine Spectator 91 points
- Small Vines Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir Mk Vineyard 2010 Product #26823 (In Stock)
From a fairly cool vineyard site not too far off the Pacific that Paul planted for a private client 9 years ago. Here the fruit is darker, the spice notes more pronounced, and the texture richer, especially with air. Drinking well with a decant, but a shame not to hold some for further growth.
“Vivid red. Deeper and darker in profile than the RRV bottling, displaying aromas and flavors of black raspberry, cherry and candied rose. Sappy and expansive in the mouth, with supple tannins adding shape to the very long, sweet, alluringly perfumed finish. I find this wine surprisingly approachable now but it also has the depth to suggest that patience will be rewarded.”International Wine Cellar 92 points