2009 Small Vines Pinot Noir Lineup Showcases the Best of What Russian River Valley Has to Offer
It’s October 1, 2011 and Paul and Kathryn Sloan and his Small Vines Viticulture crew have been working frantically all week trying the get the fruit picked and into fermentation tanks before the first rain storm of the season hits the northern California wine country in two days.
The New 2009 Small Vines Lineup
I don’t know if it’s the added age of the vines, the ideal ’09 growing season, or Paul’s skill as a vintner/winemaker, but the Small Vines wines are some of the finest Pinots I’ve tasted…period!
It’s probably a combination of all of these factors, not to mention the winemaking consulting talents of Byron Kosuge (B. Kosuge Wines, Miura).
If you are a fan of top quality, California Pinot Noir, I would strongly encourage you to get the maximum allocated amount of the 2009 Small Vines Pinots, especially the MK and especially the Baranoff (75 cases). These wines will not be around for long.
Small Vines 2009 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
Tasting Notes: Selecting only the best lots from perfectly tended vines, this precise cuvee brings together the best vineyards farmed by Small Vines Viticulture. Magnificent color; a striking garnet red. The 2009 Russian River has the power, structure and depth of the 2007 vintage with the elegance, focus and finesse of the 2006 wine – balance and structure in beautiful harmony. The Russian River retains the classic violet notes, amid rich cherry-rhubarb combined with pomegranate. A sensory delight, finishing with palate pleasing minerality – a fantastic food wine. Pure enchantment. Enjoy this wine now with air or until 2020+. ($55)
Fruit: Meticulously farmed by Small Vines Viticulture without the use o f synthetic chemicals . 43% Baranoff Family Vineyard, 29% MK Vineyard, 22% Leepin Vineyard, & 6% Old Mill Vineyard
Spacing: 4 x4 and 4 x met er , (2722-3350 vines per acre)
Yields: ~1.8-2.5 lb s . per vine , lightly thinned for uniformi ty
Clones: Dijon 112, 113, 114, 115, 459, 667, 777, and Swan
Harvest dates Baranoff: 9/15/2009 at 24.7 Brix; MK Vineyard: 9/13/2009 at 25.2
Brix: Leepin: 9/26/2009 at 24.9 Brix ; Old Mill: 9/23/2008 at 25.2 Brix
Winemaking: Baranoff: Co-fermented with Old Mill; On the skins for 18 days including pre and post-fermentation maceration; Native ML. MK Vineyard: Native yeast fermentation; On the skins for 20 days including pre and post-fermentation maceration; Native ML. Leepin: On the skins for 16 days including pre and post-fermentation maceration; Native ML. Old Mill: Second Pick co-fermented with Leepin Second Pick; On the skins for 17 days including pre and post-fermentation maceration; Native ML.
Barrel Program: 15 months on fine lees; 33% New French oak; Single racking at 6 months to complete the final blend; mostly free run-some light press.
Bottled: January 18, 2011, unfined and unfiltered
Small Vines 2009 Pinot Noir MK Vineyard
Russian River Valley – 147 cases produced
Tasting Notes: Eye-catching deep crimson color. Heady rose petal scented and vibrant strawberry with a fresh peppery spice. Highly layered and complex the seductive fruit gives way to classic earthy characteristics. Intense and driven the MK Pinot finishes with spice and lingers pleasurably on the palate. Age worthy and will sit happily in your cellar for 10+ years – decanting recommended when enjoying in the near term. ($71.50)
Fruit: 100% M.K Vineyard: Planted in 1999, east facing ridge above Occidental, 800 ft elevation, 10.5 miles from the coast. Meticulously farmed by Small Vines Viticulture without the use of synthetic chemicals organically/biodynamically farmed.
Spacing: 4 x4 (2722 vines per acre)
Yields: ~2.5 lbs. per vine, lightly thinned for uniformity
Clones: Dijon 114, 115, 667, 777
Harvest dates: September 8, 2009
Average Brix: 24.2
Winemaking: 18 days on the skins including pre and post fermentation macerations. Native primary and secondary fermentations.
Barrel Program: 15 months on fine lees, 50 % new French oak
Bottled: January 18, 2011, unfined and unfiltered; 100% free run
Small Vines 2009 Pinot Noir Baranoff Vineyard
Russian River Valley – 75 cases produced
Tasting Notes: Luminous Ruby color lights up your glass. A mix of floral notes and red fruit aromatics. Deep black cherry without being sweet, more savory. Fresh acidity giving vibrancy and at the same time weighty with a unique velvet texture. Structure for days, striking precision, vibrant fruit and a pleasing minerality. This one will reward you with age, enjoy now with decanting or hold for up to 10+ years. ($71.50)
Fruit: 100% Baranoff Family vineyard, planted in 2001. Meticulously and sustainably farmed by Small Vines Viticulture with organic weed control .
Spacing: 4×4 meter, (3360 vines per acre)
Yields: ~1.8lbs. per vine, lightly thinned for uni formity
Clones: Mostly Calera, some Swan, 115
Harvest dates: September 3, 2009
Winemaking: 10% whole cluster fermentation, 18 days on the skins including pre and post fermentation macerations. 100% natural , primary and secondary fermentations.
Barrel Program: 15 months on fine lees, 33 % new oak
Bottled: January 18, 2011, unfined and unfiltered
If you love top-of-the-line Pinot Noir, you must treat yourself to Small Vines wines!
Small Vines Viticulture
Small Vines Viticulture is Paul and Kathryn Sloan’s vineyard management company. SMV farms some of the top Chardonnay, Syrah and Pinot Noir vineyards in the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast appellations. Clients include DuMOL, and a few other select producers.
Find out more about SMV at http://smallvinesviticulture.com.
Videos: Watch what goes on behind the scenes in the vineyard with Paul Sloan of Small Vines Viticulture. Click here