Saturday, January 26, 2013

Sheldrake BLK 3 Pinot Noir 2010 (NY)

Recently I was up in the Finger Lakes, and I tried a bunch of wines, but the one that has burned itself into my brain was Sheldrake Pinot Noir Block Three 2010.

Winegrower & General Manager Bob Madill's team has basically turned a hat trick with this wine. It's spectacular. I have always loved their Gamay Noir, but this new wine is a revelation!

This 100% Pinot Noir was hand harvested . It was aged in older French oak barrels, for 11 months where it underwent 100% malolactic fermentation. The yield from the vineyard was approx. 1.5 tons an acre. They made roughly fifty cases.

The wine is medium light ruby. Very pretty translucent red...but a nice color red (not pinkish) more garnet. Bright red cherry and hints of raspberry come through. Beautiful. Touches of vanilla and tea. The fruit gives this wine great mouthfeel, with wonderful acidity that keeps the fruit fresh and vibrant, with a lovely balance of soft tannins. A hint of spices and a whiff of leather.

  This is a fantastic new Pinot Noir and one of my instant new favorites!!!