Grapelive Weekend Pick
By Kerry Winslow
2005 Sheldon Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast.
This wine just gets better and better, and is really ready right now to drink, giving much pleasure and peak performance. Sourced from the famed Dutton Ranch, Sheldon made a tiny production of this tasty Pinot Noir that is unfined and unfiltered, a real natural wine that has perfume and silky texture. This ruby colored Pinot is pretty in the glass with a slight touch of clouds, but still clear, luring you in and seducing you with its charms. The palate is still lively and vivid with raspberry, rose petals, sweet cherry and plum layers. The bottle age has worked magic, and makes for a wine that is totally in balance with soft acidity and rounded flavors, there are flashes of tea spices, truffle and nice vanilla oak notes that all lift the fruit and add to the whole experience. This Pinot has won me over, again and I suggest getting some quick as it is almost sold out! ($30-38 Est.) 92+ Points, grapelive