At Small Vines, Paul and Kathryn Sloan crafts exquisite Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from some of California’s most meticulously farmed and unique, high-density vineyards. Selecting on 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 other by creating captivating, soil-driven wines from the Russian River and Sonoma Coast. It is on this property that they live and work happily alongside their young family. At any time, the Sloan children, Dakota and Savannah, can be found running through the organic vine rows, driving a tractor, sampling the fruit, working the sorting table or even helping pack wine. They love to work with their “Mom and Dad”- and even the grandparents are happy to lend a helping hand at harvest time. Small Vines personifies the picture-perfect family run boutique winery and should be on the list of must-see small production wineries in Sonoma.
” A proprietor’s blend from three estate properties, this wine has a depth of flavor that’s compelling and complex, opening in a heady floral combination of rose and lavender. From there, it imparts a crispness of cranberry and cassis, dusted in cardamom and a touch of forest floor.” -Wine Enthusiast 92pts
“Light, bright and citrusy, this lovely wine is integrated in terms of oak and ripeness, letting its crispness of lemon and tangerine speak loudest. A complex, structured wine, it becomes more interesting as it opens, allowing room for specks of stone and nutmeg to peek through.” Score: 93 – Wine Enthusiast
” This tiny, family-run production shows a tremendous talent at growing grapes and making wines of great substance and sophistication. It aims for a bright, restrained and complex style, which it achieves here with aplomb. Black cherry, mint and a tease of smoky oak accent a fleshy, lengthy texture and body that shines in acidity.” -Wine Enthusiast 93pts
Vintage: 2014 Name: The Barlow Homestead Vineyard Varietal: Chardonnay Appellation: Sonoma Valley Size: 750ml
” This wine is crisp, floral and pretty in every way. It’s classically structured and graceful, with tart apple notes and stony acidity. It allows the fruit to speak softly and subtly, its lower ripeness detracting from neither flavor nor complexity.” -Wine Enthusiast 94pts
” A first-release from this site, this is a balanced, lightly textured wine, pretty in rose and lavender, with an intriguing shock of white pepper. Baked cherry and plum find companionship in savory clove and cinnamon on the delicate palate.” -Wine Enthusiast 93pts