At Small Vines we handcraft exquisite Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from some of California’s most meticulously farmed and unique high-density vineyards. Choosing only low-vigor properties, in cool coastal climates- we have been developing our Estate Vineyards since 1999. Each pure, distinct, soil-driven wine from the Russian River Valley and the Sonoma Coast that we craft, is made with humility, authenticity and transparency to be meaningful to you. This is a luminous and delightful wine!
Our winemaking is focused on using traditional methods to hand-crafting authentic wines that are meaningful:
Handpicked in the cold of the night into small bins and brought delicately into the winery while still cool. It is then meticulously hand sorted twice, insuring that only the finest fruit makes it into the fermentation tanks. Vinification is classic, having the patience to respect the nature of the wine. On many lots we choose not to de-stem the fruit- using the whole cluster during fermentation to add lifted aromas and lengthy firm tannins helping improve ageability. The wines are always handled as gently as possible with delicate hand cap submersions. In the cellar, we use the finest French oak barrels imported from Burgundy. We ensure that all of the staves have been aged a minimum of 3 years-allowing natures elements plenty of time to soften the tannins. Consequently the barrels have a diminished impact on the wine allowing incredible purity of fruit and an unhindered expression of the vineyard.
Still cool from the hand- harvest these grapes are field sorted then are taken gently to press and micro-vinified. Our simple and timeless vinifications are modeled after the best white French Burgundies, sacrificing quantity for the ultimate wine quality. We use a very slow extended press cycle to allow the juice to be released from the berries without extraction of harsh flavors.
Our desire to make Rosé stems from our love of Grower-Produced Champagne. Making a good Rosé is similar to making a base wine for sparkling. Each of our biologically diverse vineyards are edged by lush, native trees. The shade patterns of these trees are carefully mapped then indicated with flags down to the vine. Grown only in the shady regions of the vineyards – these less ripe areas are hand harvested specifically for the Rosé, usually between 18-21 degrees Brix. 50% with whole cluster, this delicate fruit goes straight to press, like a white wine, and it is not a by-product like many American Rosés. It is an intentional Rosé full of vibrancy and natural flavors.