Santa Ynez Valley
This is my very first blog on a Grenache bottle. This is ultimately the bottle that turned me into a Grenache fan. I had tasted many bottles in the past but really none of them knocked me away, but this Sheldon Wine 2008 Vinolocity did just that. Sheldon Wines is located in downtown Santa Rosa, California in Vintners Square. Owned and operated by Dylan and Tobe Sheldon. Dylan and Tobe produced their first wine back in 2003. They opened the Santa Rosa winery tasting room in 2010. Sheldon Wines is a micro-winery that produces wines from single vineyards that are sustainably farmed, hand-harvest, foot-stomped, and basket pressed. I was lucky enough to meet Tobe at one of our local wine industry meet ups. After meeting Tobe and making a few trips out to the winery tasting room and revisiting this wine and tasting the newly released 2008, I decided it was long overdue for a blog.
The name “Vinolocity” comes from a pseudo physics term Dylan and Tobe created to measure the, “How did my glass get empty so quickly?”. This 2008 Vinolocity is 100% Grenache from Santa Ynez Valley coming from the Vogelzang Vineyard. The Grenache grapes are grown on the strewn rolling hillside of the vineyard. Once in the barrel, this Grenache was aged in one new and six seasoned French Oak barrels, making only 175 cases. This wine has great inviting aromas of raspberry, cherry, and licorice. A perfect blend on the palate of licorice, black currant and spices. This Grenache is ultra creamy and smooth with just the perfect balance of flavors, truly an amazing bottle. Sheldon Wines makes other great bottles as well including a Chardonnay, Viognier, Pinot Noir, Graciano, Petite Sirah, and Cabernet Sauvignon.