Wine of the Day September 16, 2013

2012SheldonGrenache2012 Sheldon, Grenache “Ceja Farms” Sonoma Valley.
Without question one of the finest expressions of single varietal Grenache in northern California, the Sheldon Ceja Farms Grenache is a beautiful wine, the 2011 and 2012 versions mark a big shift to only Sonoma grown fruit for their Grenache, and it is a huge success for the talented Sheldon team. Recently tasting the 2011 I was blown away, in such a difficult vintage, it had really filled out and was so polished, but the 2012 is just fantastic, right away, only a week after bottling it is drinking amazingly well. Stylistic wise, the two wines are incredibly similar, though I’m thinking the new 2012 might be a bit more of everything, and certainly has lots of future potential. The 2012 starts with a bouquet of floral and red berry tones with hints of cracked pepper, herbs and framboise which in turn lead to a vibrant palate of raspberry, cassis, pomegranate, loganberry and wild strawberry with chalky mineral essences, warm stones, garrigue and anise. The medium weight, low alcohol (under 14%) and no new wood gives this Grenache a vivid clarity and highlights the charm and artisan craftsmanship, this is a superb effort and lovely wine. Drink 2014-2019, very limited, but just being released this fall, look for it or get up to the Sheldon Wines Sippy Lounge Tasting Room in Santa Rosa.
($40 Est.) 94 Points, grapelive