Grapelive Special Report: Grenache Day Reviews
By Kerry Winslow
2005 Sheldon “Vinolocity” Grenache, Vogelzang Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley.
Dylan and Tobe Sheldon were inspired to make this wine by the Grenache based wines of Gigondas and Chateauneuf-du-Pape, and the Vinolocity only done in great vintages and special barrel selections is their flagship wine. Sheldon Wines, a micro-winery, hand-crafts small production cuvees from special vineyard sites throughout the state and for Vinolocity the fruit comes from the much hailed Vogelzang Vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley. This vineyard has a tiny amount of top Grenache available and the Sheldon’s secured a few tons, enough to make 350 cases. There is a small amount of Syrah added, much like what is done in Gigondas, to give a bit more color and tannin. This vintage is now reaching the peak and I think it is a perfect time to pop the cork and enjoy all it has to offer. The nose is floral and fruity with dried flowers, raspberry and strawberry notes before a medium weight palate of cherry, grenadine, jolly rancher candy, lavender oil, boysenberry and peppery spices. This wine has very subtle French oak, but is has softened and rounded the wine nicely. ($35 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive
*Last Tasting 09-24-10