Grapelive Daily Pick
By Kerry Winslow
2007 Sheldon Pinot Noir “Roma” Vineyard, Anderson Valley.
After crafting many interesting and critically acclaimed wines over the last few years, Dylan Sheldon and Tobe Sheldon, Sheldon Wines have released what maybe their best yet with this wonderful single vineyard Pinot Noir from the Roma Vineyard in the Burgundian like Anderson Valley. Sadly, it may turn out to be the only vintage, as fires in 2008 wreaked havoc to the grapes and then the vineyard was sold. I loved the Sheldon 2005, and 2006 Pinots, but this one is something very special and I suggest getting some before it is gone for good. Dylan makes some fun and unique Rhone style wines as well, and he’ll focus mostly on them as he seems to be off the Pinot Noir bandwagon for the time being, though he is making a Loire style red made from Cabernet that has beautiful balance and old world elegance. Back to the Pinot, Dylan let the terroir and vintage shine through and ended up with near perfection. The nose has pretty floral notes, roses and wildflowers before hints of tea spice and red currants come through. The palate is still young and brisk with black cherry, plum and raspberry fruits in rich layers, in the background there is mineral, lavender and violets leading to a long finish with subtle oak notes and lively clean acidity. This wine drinks like a fine Burgundy and will most surely grow and develop over the next year at least, getting even better. ($50 Est.) 95 Points, grapelive