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