When I reach for wine, a glass of Cabernet is generally not my first choice because I am not a huge fan of oak-filled, big alcohol wines. When I arrived at Sheldon Wines in Santa Rosa last week, my stereotypes disappeared and my eyes were opened to their elegant, balanced 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon. Sheldon Wines is a micro-winery started by husband and wife Tobe and Dylan Sheldon. They are awesome, laid back people who will warmly welcome you to have fun with them in their tasting room. Their wines are sustainably farmed with minimal intervention in the wine making process. The results are bright, graceful wines that reflect their passion for remaining true to the grape!
Sheldon’s Cabernet from Sonoma County has a bouquet of red fruit, tobacco and delicate spices. Layers of flavors emerge from the palate. There are notes of plum, tobacco, cedar, and black pepper with floral undertones. There are also hints of licorice and currants. Graceful and balanced…I might just have to drink Cabernet more often! (13.2% alcohol, $32)