Sheldon Wines

Owner(s) Dylan Sheldon, Tobe Sheldon
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Sheldon Wines is a partnership between Dylan Sheldon and Tobe Weatherly. Sheldon had returned to the United States after working harvest in Western Australia in 2000 to launch the Cepage Wine Bar in Carmel, California. Weatherly was a geologist who frequented the wine bar. They were engaged five weeks after their first kiss, sold everything they owned, and traveled the world together making wine. When they returned to the United States, they leased an empty winery in Sebastopol and made their first 420 cases of Sheldon wine in 2003. By 2005, they were up to 1,000 cases.

The Sheldon Wines tasting room is located in Santa Rosa's Urban Winery Village. The hours are Friday 4:00-7:00 and Saturday and Sunday 2:00 - 6:00 and by appointment. The address is 1301 Cleveland Ave. The wines include a Chardonnay from Sleepy Hollow Vineyard, a Pinot Noir from Kendric Vineyard in Marin County, and a Petite Sirah from Ripken Vineyard. The wines are sold on the website and there is limited retail distribution.

Reviewed Wines

2010 Sheldon Roma’s Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.4% alc., 125 cases, $35. No new oak. Unfined and unfiltered. My second tasting of this wine (the first tasting was disappointing so I wanted to give the wine another shot). · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Some nice red cherry and raspberry fruits shows up on the nose initially, but give way over time in the glass to aromas of straw bale and apple core (acetaldehyde - oxidation). Elegant and light in flavor featuring red cherries and berries and spice with a faint underlying herbal, green and citrus note. The fruit seems under ripe. Bright acidity with soft tannins. Becomes less and less attractive over time in the glass. Unsatisfactory. Reviewed June 24, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Sheldon Roma’s Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.4% alc., pH 3.70, TA 0.60, 125 cases, $45. From a vineyard situated at 1,800 feet elevation at the deep end of the Anderson Valley. Pommard clone. One lot cold soaked, crushed and fermented in small, open-top fermenters without sulfur addition and the second lot was fermented whole cluster. Aged in two and three-year-old French oak barrels. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Very floral nose featuring violets and dried rose petals. Floral-tinged redder fruits with a mild confected tone in a relatively light weight style. The delicate fruit is overwhelmed by aggressive dry tannins and hi-pitched lemony acidity on the finish. Bland and out of balance. Unsatisfactory. Reviewed November 29, 2011 ARTICLE »

2007 Sheldon Marin County Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., pH 3.59, TA 0.52, 145 cases, $28. Clones 115, 667 and Pommard. 20% whole clusters, cool fermentation to retain aromatics, pressed to 20% new French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate reddish-purple hue in the glass. Glorious nose with engaging aromas of dusty cherries and berries, candied apple, earth and subtle oak. Delicious flavors of black cherries, black raspberries and spice finishing with a boatload of cherry flavor. Well-mannered fine grain tannins and refined acidity make for a cozy wine that is drinking perfectly now. Delivers plenty of pleasure while still remaining light on its feet. Reviewed November 29, 2011 ARTICLE »

2006 Sheldon Kendric Vineyard Marin County Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., pH 3.67, TA 0.70, 180 cases, $42, sold out. Clones 115, 667 and Pommard. About 20% whole clusters, cool fermentation, gently pressed to barrel, bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Secondary characters dominant the bouquet showing aromas of humus, moss, cigar box and old wood. Flavors of black cherries, plum, spice and stem are framed by vivid acidity and prominent dry tannins. Tastes like a 10-year-old Pinot. Decent. Reviewed November 29, 2011 ARTICLE »

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