Small Vines Pinot Noir 2018 – organic
Small Vines crafts exquisite Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from some of California’s most meticulously farmed and unique, high-density vineyards. Selecting only sensational properties with low-vigor soils in cool, coastal climates – they have been developing their Estate Vineyards since 1999. Each exceptional site distinguishes itself from the others by creating captivating, soil-driven wines from the Russian River and Sonoma Coast.
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.
93 James Suckling 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.
92 Jeb Dunnuck 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 bottle and enjoy through 2028. It might surprise and evolve even longer.
91 Wine & Spirits Big and dense enough that when first poured, this wine seems outside the realm of pinot noir. Then air brings it back into line, its richness an amalgamation of raspberry and perfumed peach flavors, its soft tannins yielding the savory bitterness of peach pits. Those tannins are cushioned by all the fruit, the wine integrated and secure in its generosity.