“WHEN IN RHONE”
I recently had the pleasure of trying wines from a wonderful hidden secret in Northern California called Sheldon Wines. Tobe and Dylan of Sheldon Wines have a wonderful story of boy meets girl. Girl and boy get married. Boy and girl love wine and travel. Boy and girl desire and dream to make wine…..rags to riches…..make it happen…..BOOM!
Located in Santa Rosa, CA, Tobe and Dylan are the true essence of artisan winemakers. Small lot production of what I would call ultra-premium California wines. Unique is probably an understatement for these two….their website slogan tells the story….”Sheldon Wines…Alive, Awake, Free, Most likely delusional…”. They are their own and they are driven, hardworking, everyday folks producing fantastic wines.
Sheldon Wines Vinolocity Blanc 2011 has probably become one of the most fascinating and delicious wines I have ever had the privilege of sipping. This white wine is an incredible blend: 50% Grenache Blanc for backbone and acidity…25% Roussanne for mid palate texture….25% Viognier for floral tones and aromatics. I have done reviews on all three varietals and you know my love and conviction for all of them couldn’t be greater….unless you put them all together. Then you have that wonderful rare moment of when the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The blend is a light golden yellow in the glass with floral and green apple notes nipping at your nose. The elegance of this white is in the taste. Green apples; pears; pineapples and apricots with a mineral edge that isn’t out of place. Good medium body with crispness, balanced acidity and a very long, beautiful finish.
Without a doubt this wine rates a FIVE BOTTLE Rating. It’s not the standard everyday wine on your grocery store shelf…but that’s ok. We need to venture out beyond our local wine store and try new wines. If you only pick one to venture out on that limb for….this is the one. Selling for $30.00 per bottle, it’s worth every dime and nickel. It’s artisan through and through and made with much care and love. You can buy directly from Sheldon Wines Wine Shop via online at http://www.shop.sheldonwines.com/main.sc.
Sheldon Wines…Alive, Awake and Free. Vinolocity Blanc 2011…perfection.
** Sample received courtesy of Sheldon Wines and TasteLive.com **
- Vinolocity Blanc – Sheldon Wines (red-wine-diva.com)