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WineRiff.com was nice enough to come out and video Small Vines Viticulture installing bird netting at one of our vineyards. The bird netting goes on around veraison to protect the ripening fruit. You know what that means… Harvest is just around the corner!

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Ray is a well-respected educator and writer of wine and also a dear friend to Small Vines. We had the opportunity to host his class of oenophiles in the vineyard last year, but this year Ray took the wine to one of his classes on Pinot and it was a hit! “The class loved it.”

You can find Ray’s writeup on his blog at:
http://rjwine.com/blog/2010/08/04/small-vines-russian-river-pinot-noir-2008/ or read below.
 
Small Vines, Russian River Valley, Pinot Noir 2008 This wine is a star. In the nose the fruit has a liqueur-like character, showing off its ripeness. In the mouth there is again that straddling of the Old and New Worlds that Small Vines pulls off vintage after vintage. The structure is there yet the fruit is opulent. The acidity is again a hallmark, taking the flavors in your mouth for a long and pleasurable ride.

This writeup is epitomizes what we strive for at Small Vines. We couldn’t be happier with what we’ve achieved with the ’08 Russian River Pinot and its good to hear our love of it echoing through the industry.
Thanks Ray!

Steve Heimoff, Senior Editor of Wine Enthusiast Magazine, has taken a liking to our wines. He gave our 2008 Sonoma Coast MK Vineyard Pinot Noir 93 points. Read his full write-up below.

We’ll be releasing this wine to our general mailing list on August 17th so keep an eye on your email boxes. Order quickly because there’s only 147 cases!!

Small Vines 2008 MK Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast) Nothing small about this Pinot Noir. It’s almost as good as the 2007, which was terrific. Dry and elegant, it shows massively concentrated cherry, raspberry and cola flavors, with a rich coating of smoky sandalwood. Wonderful now, but the youthful power suggests time in the cellar through 2015 or so. – S.H. (8/1/2010) – 93

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