This might be one of the most interesting wines being made in California right now, a tiny production, 12%-alcohol Graciano, a grape native to Rioja and barely found in California. The wine is bright and very European, full of white pepper, cranberry and leather notes, high in acid and very clean, though it’s unfined and unfiltered. It lasts and lasts, getting…
An ebullient, gorgeous example of cool-climate Pinot Noir from an 1,800-feet elevation vineyard at the north end of the Anderson Valley. Sheldon’s Roma is classic in its layers of nuanced cherry, raspberry, spice and acidity. Focused and intensely delicious.
This is a new brand for me, and they’re off to a promising start with this dry, minerally Chardonnay. It packs a punch with upfront lemon and lime, passion fruit and pineapple flavors that are pushed forward by great acidity, while oak adds a fine appliqué. This wine is notable for its balance, elegance and sheer deliciousness.
For the second year in a row Sheldon has turned out a lovely, spicy, highly unusual Graciano from Lodi’s diverse Ripken Vineyard. Give it time in the glass and be rewarded with peppery spice, bright almost-sour red fruit (pomegranate and cranberry, mostly). This wine is a master class in balance—mild in alcohol yet bursting in flavor, acidity and personality.
A complex, dark-cherry-flavored Petite Sirah, this is marked by bright fruit and tame tannins, giving the wine a mouthwatering vibrancy. Intense but full of life, bottle aging has helped this wine, as it often does with a variety like Petite Sirah, which can be overwhelming when young. In this case, the years have opened it up, lending an elegance that makes the…
Sheldon has overcome the problems of the past with this dry, impressive Pinot Noir. It’s pleasingly tart in coastal acidity, with a silky texture housing complex flavors of cherry preserve, pomegranate, cola, cocoa, and Asian spices, with a hint of sweaty leather.
Shows the deep, palate-comforting fruit that Lodi reds usually have, offering a broad array of blackberry, cherry and raspberry flavors that are compounded with spicy, dessert-style notes of gingerbread and coconut macaroon. The acidity is soft, of course, given its origin, but there’s a dry, dusty coat of tannins that gives all that flavor grip and balance.
Light in color and body, with a silky texture and cherry, cola, bacon and peppery spice flavors, this Grenache could be easily mistaken for Pinot Noir. It’s a very nice wine to drink with a steak, lamb chop or pork loin.