Sheldrake Point “Reserve” Cabernet Sauvignon 2014: $38 Good

Like other Cabernet Sauvignon wines from the 2014 vintage, the Sheldrake Point “Reserve” Cabernet Sauvignon (Finger Lakes, NY) 2014 $38 [Good] was made from grapes that were not sufficiently ripe.  The telltale signs are green olive and green bell pepper notes in the aromas and flavors, along with acidity that can only be described as “sour.” This bottle is very expensive given its level of quality.

Medium ruby in color, savory aromas dominate this wine — scents of lead pencil, green olive, green bell pepper, vanilla, and sweet tobacco.  There is some red and black currant fruit too.  Medium bodied, soft, with quite a bit of round tannin, the acidity can only be described as “sour.”  Balance is OK.  Flavors of red and black currant, green olives, green bell, and lead pencil have good concentration, but also an unripe character.  The finish is distinctly sour, moderately bitter, with a clenching dab of tannin.  November 2016


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© Douglas Hillstrom 2014