Wine Of The Week – The Smaller the Vines, the Better the Wines.
Each week I like to choose a new wine to introduce to our fans. These wines vary by region, by varietal and even by price. I don’t think cost and value are necessarily related. So I like to focus on wines I have experienced on my travels and I think our fans will enjoy trying. salut!
The Smaller the Vines, the Better the Wines.
So says winegrower, Paul Sloan of Small Vines! We all know that great wine is made in the vineyard, and your job, as winemaker, is to get out of the way of greatness.
“Exceptional Wines Are Born… From Extraordinary Vineyards…
And Gently Guided Into Greatness in the Winery”
Sloan attributes the distinctness of the wines he crafts to time spent in vineyards, with pruning sheers in hand. His career began as a sommelier and moved to the land, not the cellar, first. After absorbing all he could in the vineyards of France, Paul brought back a new vision and began with his own vineyard management company (Small Vines Viticulture – with clients like DuMol and Ontario’s own Pearl Morissette).
Pushing the envelop of new thinking from Old World inputs, focusing on all-encompassing, traditional farming techniques, Sloan incorporates biodynamic, organic, and sustainable practices to VERY intense vine spacing.
Insane high density 4 x metre SPACING (no I did not stutter…)
Achieving less pounds per vine to attain much higher fruit quality, yet keeping the yields up per acres, Sloan attends to the satisfaction of the grower, the winemaker, and ultimately the consumer, as you will soon discover.
Small Vines 2008 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
A majestic, dark colour floods the glass. Vibrant, firm, and fresh are the first words that come to mind. Exotic spices, violets, mouth-watering game, and bacon sing to life with a kiss of subtle earth. This wine is direct, incredibly structured, velvety, and complex, with smooth and integrated tannins. After 24 hours open, you get more of the red fruits, bright cherry, and rhubarb. Give it the time to evolve and its finesse and elegance will amaze you.
Small Vines 2008 Sonoma Coast MK Vineyard Pinot Noir
Farmed without the use of synthetic chemicals. MK Vineyard was planted in 1999, on an east-facing ridge above Occidental at 800 ft elevation, 10.5 miles from the coast. The robe on this Pinot is saturated a dramatic red. It has a highly expressive perfume of raspberry, Asian spices, blood orange, and sexy oak. Youthfully wound on first sip, it gains sweetness and flesh in the mid-palate, offering lively red berry and cherry flavours, a hint of candied rose, and late-arriving tannins. Seductively sweet on the finish, leaving a whisper of spice, mingled with red fruit and floral notes.