Owning only a pick-up truck and a shovel; a young wine steward, Paul Sloan dreamt of making Estate Grown, world-class, wines of distinction, far before we could afford to buy an “Estate” in California. Compelled by an ethereal experience with a rare Burgundy, he relentlessly pursued his plan to innovate wine growing in California and grow only small vines to create meaningful wines of authenticity, balance and structure. But the story doesn’t start there…
Small Vines 2018 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
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Winemaker Paul Soan: “2018 was a picture-perfect vintage! Here on the Sonoma Coast we experienced a very long growing season and a nicely expanded harvest with precise pick dates. Weather was mild and the summer was filled with cool, foggy, mornings which burned off to warm summer days. What we call a Goldilocks vintage! Perfect available water and this impeccable weather combination ended in fruit that was truly developed and matured a lower brix levels – which results in nice low alcohols and plenty of succulent flavor. It was a great vintage for color, flavors and tannin development. The wines show a superb marriage of earth tones and beautiful ripe fruit. “
Winery Notes: “A blend of grapes taken from Small Vines’ vineyards in the Occidental Hills, a ridge above the Laguna de Santa Rosa and a heavily coastal influenced ridge top near Graton, this Pinot Noir shows a great expression of the true Sonoma Coast.”
James Suckling 93 Points: “Red cherry, ripe strawberry and fresh mint on the nose. Full-bodied with well-integrated tannins and a good amount of weight on the palate. Flavorful and long with notes of dried flowers and crushed red and black fruit. Very tasty. Drink or hold.”
Jeb Dunnuck 93 Points: “Coming from a handful of sites and brought up in 10% new French oak, the 2018 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast is a beautiful wine from this producer, and it’s easily the largest production release with 500 cases produced. Spiced black cherries, darker framboise, flowery incense, and baking spice notes all emerge from the glass, and it’s medium-bodied, fresh, and lively on the palate, yet with deceptive richness and length. Give it a year in the bottle and enjoy through 2028. It might surprise and evolve even longer.”
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