Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Sheldrake Point Vineyards Cabernet Franc Ice Wine - A Red Ice Wine? Fantastic!


I just wrote about the fine folks at Sheldrake, but last night, we are with Tom and Mary Hack who own East Chatham WIne and Spirits. Mary is a trained opera singer (she also does other styles), an just finished a limited run of a light opera based on an episode of Julia Child's show where they set an entire episode to music. Very cool.

So it was just Dominique and Tom and Mary and I, their four brown, fury and lively Boykin Spaniels, and the largest black cat I have ever seen, WInston (is is the store's mascot, but is visiting home for a few weeks.

Anyway, we shared some wonderful wines from around the world. And for with the cheee course, which featured many local Hudson Valley artisanal cheeses, Mary pulled out the Sheldrake Point Cabernet Franc Ice Wine 2008.

I was a little curious....maybe a little doubting. Cab Franc ice wine? I was worried it would taste like a bad Formula 44 D, the old cough medicine. A red ice wine?

First, I'll give you their tasting notes....
"A delicious sweet Estate dessert wine produced in the classic manner from grapes frozen on the vine, hand harvested in the dead of winter and pressed immediately. Glowing ruby in color, a prominent, aromatic nose projects sweet strawberry compote. Full bodied and luscious in the mouth with flavors of sweet red fruit preserves and orange peel. Beautifully balanced and harmonious with a finish that rings."

Ratings: 86 Points – Wine Enthusiast (Feb 2009)

Awards: Silver - Finger Lakes International (Mar 2010)

Now let me tell you this - it tastes better than they describe. With the cheeses it was fantastic! The sweetnness and acidity were refreshing against the creaminess of the cheeses. And the flavor was incredible. A fabulous ice wine! A tremendous surprise! I greedily had a second glass, and then finished the last drop. Wow!