Saturday, March 22, 2008

Sheldrake 2005 Cabernet Franc

Sheldrake has been mentioned in all the right magazines, including Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, Decanter, and the Robert Parker newsletter to name a few. So you're never really going to go wrong when you choose a bottle of Sheldrake.

You certainly won't go wrong picking up a bottle of Sheldrake 2005 Cabernet Franc.

Wrote Dave Breeden, the winemaker at Sheldrake, "The 2005 vintage was an exceptional year for red varietal wines. To further develop structure and complexity we blended Estate Cabernet Franc (87%) with Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (4.5%), and an experimental lot that we had produced from California Cabernet Sauvignon (8.5%)."

The wine has the awards to back up any big claims the winery can make. The Sheldrake 2005 Cabernet Franc has been awarded multiple Gold, Silver and Bronze medals and “Commended” by Decanter (World Wine Awards 2007).

The deep ruby color is beautiful. And as promised there is sweet red fruit and vanilla in the nose and notes of herbs. Its is a full bodied red (12.7% alcohol)with big fruit, ripe tannins, and a nice finish, with just enough oak to round it all out.

Sheldrake Point is the most prominent point of land on the west coast of Cayuga Lake and holds an equally prominent place in history. For centuries, the protected coves, rushing streams and gentle slopes provided for the largest settlements of native Cayuga Indians. Early in the 1800s, Sheldrake Point became a destination for ferries serving the lake and the beauty of the lake was quickly discovered.

Sheldrake Point Vineyard, LLC. is a New York State Limited Liability Company founded in 1997. The company is licensed as a New York State Winery and owns and operates a 155 acre farm located on the shores of Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes, a vineyard of 44 acres planted to Vinifera vines, a winery producing 8000 cases and Simply Red Bistro serving savory American cuisine. Our current investor Members are drawn from three families. Members who are company officers include Chuck Tauck as Senior Managing Partner (principal owner) and Bob Madill as Winegrower, General Manager and Partner. Partners Michael and Marjorie Adams live in Australia and are engaged in developing a wine export business. Greg Sandor, who founded the company and acted as General Manager from 1997 through the spring of 1999, has established Bridge Urban Winery in Brooklyn.

This is a very nice wine.