Big Bang Wines is proud to welcome Small Vines Wines to our portfolio of superior wineries. Effective October 1, 2015, we will be managing national sales and distribution for this highly-coveted producer in all markets across the United States.
Since 1999, Paul and Kathryn Sloan have been planting and farming low-vigor, high-density vineyards in the cool coastal regions of Northern California. Today they farm more than 100 acres of highly-prized sites in Sonoma, Marin and Mendocino counties. The combination of superior terroir and thoughtful viticultural practices produces transparent Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays with great intensity, lower alcohol, firm acids and the ability to age.
VINEYARDS – High Density, Cool Climate, Planted and Farmed by Small Vines
- All vineyards are planted and farmed by the Sloans giving them complete control over the fruit.
- Superior terroir: All sites are selected for their cool climates, low vigor soils and superb drainage.
- All blocks feature high density plantings (typically 3,630 vines per acre).
VITICULTURE – Labor Intensive, Dry Farmed, Organic Methods
- Labor-intensive viticulture. Each vine is touched 25-30 times during the year.
- Low yields. Each vine carries only 1-2 pounds of fruit. (This is less than 1/10th the average in CA.)
- Individual shoot positioning. Berry-by-berry thinning.
- Dry farmed vineyards. Light-weight tractors
- Organic farming practices are followed at all vineyards.
WINEMAKING – Modern Primitive
- Hand harvesting by flavors not numbers.
- Native yeast primary and secondary fermentations.
- Pinot Noir: 3 to 5-day cold soak, aged 15 months on fine lees in French oak.
- Chardonnay: Whole cluster press, barrel fermentation, aged 10 months on lees (stirred) in French oak.
- Natural traditional winemaking methods.
- No fining. No filtration. No acid additions.
- Estate Chardonnay
- Estate Pinot Noir
- Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
- MK Vineyard Pinot Noir (Allocated)
- Baranoff Pinot Noir (Allocated)