2011 Sheldon Wines, Pinot Noir “Roma’s Vineyard” Anderson Valley.
This new Roma’s is coming out soon, and I am happy to have been able to get an early sample to try and can report that this 2011 is as interesting and soulful as the 2010 which is a stunning wine, but you can tell that the 2011 is going to reach great heights too. Still youthful, tight and racy the 2011 Sheldon Roma’s Pinot shows vibrant and intense fruit, mineral and acidity with sublime balance and at 12.9% alcohol is lively and remarkably fresh. This vintage will gain weight and fill out on the palate over the next year or two in bottle and as cliche as it might sound, this wine does remind of Burgundy with hints of truffle, pepper, lavender and dried spices adding to the mix. Overall the impression is one of focused and detailed Pinot Noir that gives pretty layers of cherry, plum, briery berry and red peach with hints of ripe stems, refined tannins and lovely transparency. Give this well crafted wine a chance to build on it’s elegance and quality and be rewarded, best from 2014 and should go another decade with ease and grace.
($42 Est.) 93+ Points, grapelive
Avail Spring 2013