Farmed and crafted by Husband-and-Wife team Paul and Kathryn Sloan -Small Vines Wines are 100% Estate Grown, exclusively from their unique high-density, organically and regeneratively farmed vineyards planted in the northern coastal regions of CA. Pioneering Vigneron, Paul Sloan innovated Grand-Cru, high-density growing methods from the Old-World and adapted them to California’s terroir and climate to achieve concentrated, fresh-picked flavors and beautifully balanced wines- naturally. With careful site selection, PhD level soil science and precise vineyard architecture-The Sloan’s balance physically small plants to use the vine’s own nature to dramatically reduce the yields, improve natural acidity and develop concentration. Paul and Kathryn’s Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays are prized for their purity, with intense aromatics, natural acidity and a distinct inner power at lower alcohol levels. To shepherd these wines of authenticity -they focus on fastidious farming and the essence of the vineyard, not supplemental cellar techniques.
Our flagship vineyard planted in 2009 wraps around the winery and proprietor’s home at a modest 12.5 acres in both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. This historic property was farmed originally by the Barlow Family who homesteaded it before the turn of the last century. Reminiscent of the Grand Cru Vineyards of the Côte-d’Or and Côte de Nuits, TBH resides on a windy knoll top plateau, in a series of low elevation ridge lines. It has uniquely unprotected exposure from the southwest to coastal winds and fog. With the coldest nighttime temperatures of all our Estate sites TBH boasts crisp, age worthy acidity and a brightness that we so desire in our wines. The days are just warm enough to provide the richness, power and luxuriant tannins the TBH is known for.
The Baranoff Vineyard is typically the most muscular, tannic and concentrated wine we produce. We frequently refer to it as the handsome linebacker in our collection. Although we reference its innate power, it typically gets to this complex pinnacle of power at the lowest alcohols of the season. The iron rich soils bring the powerful tannins and sublime structure while the long warm growing season brings the richness and depth.
This location produces so little fruit that if we can get a mere one pound per vine, we consider ourselves lucky. The minuscule 50-60 cases a year we craft are always sold out upon release. We only wish we could make more of this beautiful wine! MK’s cool coastal days and moderately warm nights bring a fullness and velvety richness to the wine year after year. This Vineyard is surrounded by lush Redwood Forest, Oak Savannah and the wine tastes like the place that it is grown…luxurious earth.