Don’t let the wines lighter color or lower alcohol (12% by volume) fool you as this packs some serious fruit intensity and beautiful fruit purity on its medium bodied frame. The nose is quite engaging playing in the range of floral notes/rose petal and spice working in harmony with the bright red fruit tones of raspberry, cranberry and pomegranate. The aromatics carry over into the palate where you get the vibrancy of the assorted red fruit flavors that is juicy with lovely purity and precision while the tannins, as light as they are, have just the right amount of tension to really focus everything bringing this to a lengthy finish. This should offer some impressive drinking over the next 3-4 years.
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90 pts James Suckling – A more savory take, this has earthy, woody spices, older oak notes and dried red cherry fruits. The palate’s simply cast around a bright core of red cherry flavors, fine tannins. This is gently spicy, even and easy. Drink now.
89 pts Wine Enthusiast – Fans of featherweight, easy-drinking reds will enjoy this strawberry-hued, chillable sipper. Bright, ripe—if a tad confected—strawberry and raspberry fruit dominate on both the nose and the palate, with floral and savory characters riding its coat tails. Texturally, the palate is on the syrupy side, but crunchy acidity makes the fruit feel tart and fresh. CHRISTINA PICKARD
Selected parcels of Pinot Noir from our Sandy Creek Vineyard have gone in to producing our 2018 Sherwood Pinot Noir. Harvesting the fruit early April in great conditions it was transported to the winery and tipped into 5 ton fermenters. After a six day cool soak the fermentation began on its own accord. The cap was hand plunged twice a day over the 17 day skin contact period. The wine was then pressed off skins, aged for 5 months in barrel, lightly blended, fined and bottled.
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