Grapelive Daily Pick
By Kerry Winslow
2006 Sheldon Pinot Nor “Kendric Vineyard” Marin County.
This tiny vineyard, planted to a few clones of Pinot, including Pommard, may end being a one off for the Sheldon’s, but I can recommend this vintage to you, as it is a full and impressive Pinot that has good depth and rich fruit. Dylan Sheldon, winemaker, was so fond of the vineyard with a lone tree standing tall in the middle of it that he made a completely unique label to honor it. The wine has very ripe flavors and intensity, with lots of black fruits and a lush texture, finishing long and with toasty sweet oak. The nose has hints of violets, and rose petals along with wild berries, smoke and vanilla. The palate is big and round with black cherry, plum and strawberry pie notes, while there is sweet tea, kirsch and baking spices in the background. This wine has more depth and color than most 2006 Pinots and has lots of mouth-feel, and it is getting more interesting each time I try it. Sheldon made 180 cases of this unfined and unfiltered Pinot Noir, get it before it’s gone. ($45 Est.) *93 Points, grapelive (re-visited)