Anyway, Aaron and David and I went to Sheldrake Point Vineyard. I have always been a big fan, and it was a different side of the lake to go up.
Sheldrake Point Vineyard was founded in 1997. The winery 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 6000 cases, and Simply Red Bistro serving savory American cuisine.
My favorites, of course, are the varietals at Sheldrake Point. I would review the whole line, but it would seem superfluous. A bore. However, I can say, a tasting at Sheldrake Point is a pleasure. The tastingroom is light and airy. The wine bar personnel are friendly and knowledgable. And there are no clunkers as you go through the entire line. That's saying something. There are a lot of wineries you can't say that about around the world.
I am a fan of Gewurztraminer. And I am a big fan of Sheldrake Point's Gewurztraminer. Their version of this wine is varietally correct, in that it has a lovely, big nose. Pear, spice, honeysuckle, hints of orange blossom, all come through as promised. I light, light yellow white, this aromatic wine has bright fruit and bright acidity, with just the right balance. A nice, puckery, grapefruity end. An incredible wine. One of my favorites in the Finger Lakes. Fabulous!
I am becoming, more and more, a fan of Gamay Noir on the east coast. The 2008 Gamay Noir is light ruby in color. There's lots of cherry and pepper on the nose, with a whiff of tabacco as promised. But this tremendous light red wine is all cherries in the mouth that end with a peppery finish. A touch of vanilla and wonderful tannins balance out this wonderful, light, refreshing red. Instantly one of my new favorite wines! Excellent.
A small amount of Cabernet Franc on left, and Gamay Noir on right.
Sheldrake Point's Cabernet Franc is one of my favorite Cab Francs of the Finger Lake region. It's a lighter style, medium bodied red wine. Normally I like deeper versions of the grape, but here, in the expert hands of winemaker Dave Breeden, this slightly juicer version, a more Loire-esque version of the grape, is a wonderful drinking wine. I have written about it before.