2009 Weatherly Cuveé
Dry Creek Valley
Whatever the Weatherly
We always enjoy our visits with Sheldon Wines and we absolutely love their wines. Today, we are just thrilled to bring you their 2009 Sheldon Wines Weatherly Cuvée, a delicious blend that our entire tasting panel adored. This wine get’s a highly recommended for any fan of juicy red blends.
The mouth is as full as can be, with lush, bold and delicious fruits that are bigger than the nose initially indicates. The wine is complex and integrated with soft tannins and a plush and leathery feel. An unconventional blend, our entire tasting panel chose this wine as the highlight of our tasting.
Pair this very food-friendly wine with a rich Lamb roulade with dried plums or a Provençale ratatouille.
Dark and concentrated maroon with pretty ruby edges. Thin tears fall swiftly down the glass after swirling.
Rich and ripe with dried cherry, black currant, chocolate covered blueberry, cocoa dust and blackberry. As the wine opens, it reveals subtle thyme, California bay tree leaf and dried violets.
Blackberry, fresh black cherry with spiced black cherry candy. As the wine breathes, it delivers additional hints of savory herbs.
Ultra long and lingering with soft, plush tannins that support the fruit and earthiness all across the palate.
What the Winery Says
Old Vine Field Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah.
Only 200 cases captured into bottle.
A sultry and seductive wine.
Stephen Tanzer 91 Points Vivid ruby. A complex, intensely perfumed bouquet evokes red- and blackcurrant, cherry compote, potpourri and pungent herbs. Fleshy and sweet, with bright black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a hint of candied lavender. Finishes sappy and very long, with lingering smokiness and a hint of licorice.
About the Winery
Sheldon Wines straddles the line between art and science. We prefer using a minimalist approach to wine-making, we like to call it “State of the Art circa 1900 technology”. We closely monitor the development of ripening grapes by using the very best tools for the job, our noses and palates, rather than relying on lab equipment.
Sheldon Winery is committed to smallness, and embraces the winemaking freedom and the unique challenges of small production.
Winemaker Tobe Sheldon
In 2000 Tobe, who had been studying geology for nearly a decade, was planning a trip around the world and hoping to get work in wineries overseas. Frequenting Cepage Wine Bar, she met Dylan Sheldon and over a few glasses of wine divulged her plans for adventure. A kiss was exchanged and five weeks later they were engaged. They sold what little they owned, and traveled the world, making wine together.
Returning to the US with $60 in cash and $10,000 in credit card debt, they set out to start their own winery. Sleeping on the floor of an old empty winery in Monterey, CA, they scoured the wine regions of the Northwest for vineyards of integrity. With purple feet, a borrowed basket press, and a passion for the ancient art of winemaking, they created the first vintage of Sheldon Wines in 2003, making four different varietals, for a total of 420 cases.
Remaining true to their vision, they have refused investors over the years, remaining a two-person operation from start to finish. They often work 16-hour days in the winery and restaurants.
Every good winemaker knows that great wines begin in the vineyard. Being stewards of the grape requires us first to be stewards of the land. We are very proud of the vineyards we work with. Each has its own unique personality. All of our wines are sustainable, organic or biodynamic and crafted with a light hand.
Most of the vineyards we use tend to be in the cooler-climate hillsides, such as those in the Petaluma ‘wind gap.’ We believe that we’re getting more nuance of flavors and aromas from those vineyards where the vines like to be stressed.
Sheldon Wines is a micro-winery that crafts single vineyard designate wines of excellence. The wines are sustainably farmed, hand harvested, and basket pressed. The winery produces limited productions of Chardonnay, Viognier, Pinot Noir, Grenache, Graciano, Petite Sirah, and Cabernet Sauvignon. A few special vineyards yield only enough for a single barrel – just 25 cases.