Grapelive Daily Pick
By Kerry Winslow
2005 Sheldon “Vinolocity” Rhone Style Red.
This is the signature wine of this “Micro-Winery” and it is a beautiful and lush Grenache based red that is drinking wonderfully and hitting its top form. I’ve had this wine quite a few times now and seen it go through many phases, but now it has really turned pretty and layered. The nose is fruity and has a sweet bouquet and the palate is ripe and flavorful with grenadine, raspberry, strawberry and has a plum fruit core. There are touches of subtle oak, lavender, light spicy pepper and the body is round and smooth. Dylan and Tobe Sheldon wanted to make this wine, which has a dollop of Syrah, in a Gigondas style and I think they came close, though this wine is much cleaner and less earthy than the Rhone versions, so it will appeal to a much wider range of palates. This wine drinks like a fine Pinot Noir, but is a bit more ripe and racy. ($40 Est.) 93 Points, grapelive