2012 Roma's Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir •Roma's Vineyard
California: Mendocino County: Anderson Valley
We haven’t seen Sheldon Wines on our pages in a few years, and we are thrilled to welcome them back - with the best Sheldon wine we’ve tasted to date, the elegant, velvet smooth 2012 Roma’s Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir.
This wine is highly recommended by all on our tasting panel.
If you’re a fan of California Pinot, you know that the Anderson Valley is a premier growing location. If you’ve tasted a Sheldon wine, you know how much care, attention and love they put into every bottle.
Today’s wine is silky on entry, then quickly compelling as bright, juicy flavors cascade across the palate. But don’t take this agent’s word for it, hop on over to read my full review of this highly recommended wine.
This wine bursts with flavors of Rainier cherry, raspberry, Alpine strawberry, India black tea, red currant, hibiscus flowers, summer forest, subtle dried wild mushroom, oak and soft spice.
We love this wine… and we are certain that you will, too!
Here’s what the wine press has to say:
92 points - “Sommelier to the Stars” Christopher Sawyer - “For Pinot Noir lovers, a drive through Anderson Valley is one of the joys of the New World. Located along the romantic route along Hwy 128 heading towards the beautiful coastlands of Mendocino County, this lovely region is laced with Pinot Noir vineyards influenced by warm days, cool nights, and maritime breezes that blow in from the Pacific Ocean less than seven miles away.
Resting at 1,800 feet along the ridgetop at the northern end of the valley, Roma’s Vineyard is one of the most pristine sites in the region. To preserve the purity of the limited amount of fruit he gets from this special vineyard, winemaker Dylan Sheldon of Sheldon Wines prefers to use no new oak and bottle the finished wine unfined and unfiltered. The end result is a graceful Pinot Noir with class and style.
From the moment the cork is popped the wine is engaging, with lively aromas of red berries, fresh herbs and spice. On the palate, the flavors expand with tangy notes of wild strawberry, raspberry, plum, dried blueberry, white pepper, rose hips, sage, and mineral. With just 13.5% alcohol, this medium to full-bodied wine is nicely balanced with plenty of fruit, vibrant acidity, and a long spicy finish.
With food, try this wine with burrata cheese, fresh salads with tangy dressing, gourmet sandwiches, homemade pasta with heirloom tomatoes and sweet basil, Hawaiian poke, grilled fish, pomegranate chicken, and Thai cuisine. Overall, a brilliant, food-friendly wine from start to finish.”
Beautiful pale ruby, with a translucence that transfixes. Tall, lanky tears take a very long time to emerge, before they gracefully meander down the glass wall.
Bing cherry juice, cranberry, hibiscus tea, young Alpine strawberry, twigs, red currant, subtle spice and a hint of cedar plank.
Rainier cherry, raspberry, Alpine strawberry, India black tea, red currant, hibiscus flowers, summer forest, subtle dried wild mushroom, oak and soft spice.
After a silky smooth entry, fine tannins add a bit of gripiness at the edges of the palate. Red fruits sustain seemingly forever. When the flavors finally fade, subtle spice and oak remain for an additional interval.
Enjoy this elegant, stylish, sexy wine with a holiday goose or turkey, with all of the trimmings. Or, maybe a nice baked ham with cherries? Or a roast chicken with fresh herbs? Or a pork loin with a cherry glaze? How about all of those!
What the Winery Says
- Tobe Sheldon
- Pinot Noir
- Anderson Valley, Mendocino County
- Bottling date
- September 2013
- Release date
- July 2014
- 125 Cases