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New York Cork Report
October 8, 2012

Sheldrake Point Vineyards 2011 Gewurztraminer

"Sheldrake Point Vineyards makes some terrific rieslings, but deserves perhaps more attention for consistent excellence with gewurztraminer. It seems that, no matter the growing conditions, winemaker Dave Breeden crafts deliciousness, even if the style changes year to year." - Lenn Thompson

Wine Spectator
October 3, 2012

Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth: Finger Lakes, Day 1: A Canandian Son

"When it comes to Riesling, the best grape at Sheldrake in its various dry and sweet forms, the winery's style offers solid, juicy forward apple and slate notes. The 2011 Riesling Finger Lakes Dry, from a challenging year, shows the vintage's slightly tangy side, with apple peel, fennel and citrus oil notes and a brisk finish. The 2011 Riesling Finger Lakes shows juicy, lively yellow apple and melon rind notes and is a very solid, friendly bottling that provides an excellent choice for consumers new to the region." - James Molesworth

Edible Manhattan
June, 2012

Eat Drink Local Feast

"...As part of our fourth annual Eat Drink Local Week, we challenged chefs and home cooks around the city to cook with eight seasonal, often-overlooked local ingredients, one of them being rosé.  On Thursday, June 28th, the New York Wine & Grape Foundation will partner with City Grit Culinary Salon to plan an elaborate 5-course meal called "Edible Eat Drink Local Feast" with rosé wine pairings from multiple regions of New York State for every course. "

"First course: Porgy Fritters with Paprika Aioli, Sheldrake Point 2011 Dry Rosé"

 

Wine & Spirits
August, 2012

“Year's Best US Riesling”

"93 | 2010 Finger Lakes Riesling (Best Buy) - One of the better expressions of a warm vintage in the Finger Lakes, this generous riesling leads with scents of pear and caramel, adorned with just a hint of herb.  The flavors are as rich as pie and have a pleasing salted caramel depth, gathering power in the mouth only to finish with deftness and dexterity.  This has the stuff to age, and the price to cellar by the case.”

"90 | 2011 Finger Lakes Dry Riesling (Best Buy) - Fresh and bright, with forward flavors of peach and apple, this ripe white has a pleasing weight that suggests it's still wending its way to greater balance.  Cellar and serve with grilled tilapia."

 

Wine & Spirits
August, 2012

“A Geography of North American Riesling”

Finger Lakes Top Examples:  Konstantin Frank, Lamoreaux Landing, Hermann Wiemer, Sheldrake Point, Ravines.

Wine & Spirits
June, 2012

“100 Top Values of the Year”

92 | 2009 Finger Lakes Dry Riesling
92 | 2009 Finger Lakes Riesling

"Sheldrake Point makes several nervy rieslings as well as a few reds on its lakeside property in Ovid, NY.  The vines are just a stone's throw from Cayuga's shore.”

 

MarketWatch.com
May 3, 2012

“Yahoo! Travel Release Ten Great All-American Road Trips”

 

"New York: Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway Just four hours northwest of New York City, the bucolic Finger Lakes region comprises the surprise setting for the largest wine-producing region east of California. Hit the 87-mile Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway, which circles the Cayuga lakeshore, and provides haven for some of the region's finest wineries (try Sheldrake Point Winery) and historical Women's Rights movement sites (visit the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls)."

 

Epicurious.com
April 2, 2012

“Spring Wines to Drink From New York's Finger Lakes Region”

 

"The fruit-forward Sheldrake Point Winery Riesling 2010 ($16) has a terrific nose of honeysuckle and presents a peachy character on the palate that doesn't exactly mimic that of Old World Rieslings; rather, the Sheldrake Point is a fruity concoction all its own. It would be a terrific match for Salmon and Smoked Salmon Rolls with Dill Sauce. Vinegar and dill don't usually play well with most wines, but in this case they're well balanced." -Ted Loos

 

Wine Enthusiast
March 30, 2012

“Riesling in Many Languages”

 

TOP PRODUCERS: Anthony Road, Bloomer Creek, Dr. Konstantin Frank, Hermann J. Wiemer, Heron Hill, Ravines, Red Newt, Shaw Vineyard, Sheldrake Point.

 

Der Kellermeister
March 15, 2012

“Drinking New York”

 

"And now to my favorite variety, the incredible and magnificent Riesling. I already mentioned some of them, but would like to point out a few more, which I believe are worth seeking out. The Sheldrake Point Winery 2010 Riesling is lightly perfumed, with nicely concentrated flavors of stone fruit and spices and good length." - Uwe Kristen

New York Cork Report
March 13, 2012

“New York Drinks New York -- Reader Feedback: Len Dest, Former Director Long Island Merlot Alliance”

 

"Scores of outstanding Finger Lake wines including; Dr. Konstantin Frank’s wonderful sparkling wine the 2006 Chateau Franc Blanc de Noirs made with 96% pinot noir, a delightful 2010 100% pinot gris from Sheldrake Point, wonderful Riesing from Fox Run , Lamoreaux Landing, and Red Newt; interesting 2008 Gewürztraminers from Standing Stone and Red Newt (Curry Creek Vineyards), and some very interesting and enjoyable Finger Lake reds including 2009 Lemberger from Fox Run, 2008 76 West blend from Lamoreaux Landing and the red blend 2008 Eclipse Red from Herron Hill." -Len Dest

 

Food Republic
February 14, 2012

“10 Finger Lakes Wines to Drink Right Now”

 

2010 Sheldrake Point Pinot Gris: "Forget what you know about Pinot Grigio. This lean, mineral Pinot Gris is a different animal. Fleshy pear and citrus shine through, but are kept in check by a slate backbone." -Chantal Martineau

Serious Drinks
February 13, 2012

“Passion Project: Making Ice Wine”

 

"Sheldrake Point's riesling icewine has an intense, warming spice. [...] It offers a layer of maple-like flavor that would be right at home with gingerbread or spice cake." -Maggie Hoffman

 

Mutineer
February 8, 2012

“Sweet Wines + Valentine's Day”

"Sheldrake Point Riesling Ice Wine 2008 ($50) – The nose of baked apricots and fresh almonds brings to mind the smell of a Danish. On the palate, it’s really bright, juicy with flavors of white peaches, and even a hint of peach gummy candies. It’s sweet without being cloying at all." - Caroline Helper

 

Wine Everyday
December 17, 2011

“Wines to Pair With Your Holiday Turkey”

"Rieslings are widely known as food friendly wines. This wine is medium dry, crisp and refreshing. If you are preparing a Turducken Cajun style, this wine will be a very refreshing pairing." - Eileen Gross

 

Serious Drinks
November 16, 2011

“Editor’s Picks: Best American Wine for Thanksgiving”

“One of my favorite domestic bottles is a great value as well; Sheldrake Point's 2010 Finger Lakes Riesling runs about $15 and offers lots of tangy fresh acidity warmed up with crystallized ginger and pear flavors, hints of bay leaf, a meyer lemony floral quality, and a little calcium like minerality on the tongue.” - Maggie Hoffman

 

The Intrepid Wino
November 16, 2011

“Lakes Placid (Finger Lakes, New York - Day 2)”

“The GWT 2010 was the best I tried in the Finger Lakes, the Riesling (semi-dry) 2010 had exquisite texture and balance without compromising on flavour.” - James Scarcebrook, The Intrepid Wino

 

Wild for Washington Wine
October 2, 2011

“6 Rieslings from the Finger Lakes”

“Sheldrake Point 2010 Riesling: A medium dry wine, it opened to aromas of petroleum jelly and apple. A little air and time and some spiciness emerged. The wine had a pleasant spicy edge with cinnamon in the finish.” - William Pollard Jr., blogger

 

Der Kellermiester
October 1, 2011

“Sheldrake Point 2010 Riesling Icewine”

“It has a youthful aroma with a pronounced intensity of honey and crushed berries. Very fresh and appetizing it is also lusciously sweet. A balanced and elegant icewine, very rich, with vibrant yet somber berry flavors that will develop further in bottle. Long length. Drink 2015-2025.” - Uwe Kristen, aka Der Kellermeister, blogger

 

Why Wine Blog
September 22, 2011

“Finger Lakes 2010 Riesling Launch”

“The aromas were so so good filled with tropical fruits and hints of pear and peach… There is a place for Icewine in my diet. “ - joeschico, blogger

 

New York Cork Report
September 13, 2011

“Sheldrake Point 2010 Gewurztraminer “

“It has a tremendous floral and spice nose that follows through on the palate. It leans much more toward rose and dried lavender than the often-found tropical fruits, though there was a fair amount of lychee that cropped up after a few minutes in the glass. I find with all Gewurztraminer, but this one especially, that spending some time with the aroma is as fun as drinking it.” - Rochelle Bilow

 

More than Just Wine
September 9, 2011

“Wine from Eastern USA: a look from afar”

“My low level of awareness of this wine-growing region of New York (which exports little, having plenty of consumers on its doorstep) was raised recently when a friend in France who imports wines… produced a bottle of a Riesling from a winery in the Finger Lakes area called Sheldrake Point. We tried this wine at lunch one day and I found it much better than drinkable. It was clean, fresh and with just the right amount of crisp, citrus-like character to get the bottle drunk in a fairly short space of time on a warm day. In fact it would have shown well alongside many Rieslings from Alsace, with a character perhaps midway between such wines and the more delicate German dry Rieslings. Because yes, it was perfectly dry.” - David Cobbold (Paris, France)

 

A Bob’s Life
September 8, 2011

“Sheldrake Point Vineyard”

“This winery is a gem and the variety of wines they are producing is fabulous. The whites, as you might suspect, garner the bulk of the interest and I was especially impressed with the 2010 Pinot Gris with its pear, honeysuckle, and good minerality. Their Luckystone White is a fun around the pool on a hot summer afternoon kind of wine which I also found to be enjoyable. But surprise! I found a couple of red wines to enjoy as well. The 2009 Merlot, although a bit thin by California standards is a great NYS merlot. I also enjoyed the 2008 Cabernet Franc and their 2009 Luckystone Red is interesting in the mouth with its rich flavors.” - Bob Doan, blogger

 

Serious Drinks
August 30, 2011

“Riesling Report: Sheldrake Point 2010 Finger Lakes Dry Riesling”

This Finger Lakes riesling may smell like a fragrant peach tart, but it tastes tart, with bright white grapefruit-like acidity that lingers. This is a crisp wine for a sunny day out on the water—the minerality reads as slightly salty, making this perfect for drinking with seafood salads or grilled calamari. There's an edge of faint lemon-peel bitterness on the finish.

Like a lemony iced tea steeped with sprigs of lavender, this wine is meant to be refreshing, and it offers just enough minerality and fruit to balance the puckering acids. For around $15, this easy-drinking riesling is a solid deal.” - Maggie Hoffman

 

Wine & Spirits
August, 2011

“Year's Best Finger Lakes”

92 | 2009 Finger Lakes Dry Riesling (Best Buy) This is bright and focused, with passionfruit and jujube scents as well as a hint of vanilla bean. The flavors are lemony, with a racy texture, and an immense payoff comes with the acidity that jolts the finish. Drink now for the thrill, or wait six months for those elements to settle a bit.”

 

Wine & Spirits
August, 2011

“Year's Best Finger Lakes”

92 | 2009 Finger Lakes Riesling (Best Buy) Bright scents of peach and mandarin orange give way to a peppery acidity. The texture is uplifted and bright, the fruit has a fine weight supported by good acidity. For chicken sausage sautéed with Hungarian peppers.”

 

Snooth.com
July 19, 2011

“Dry Riesling 12 great picks from Australia and New York”

“2009 Sheldrake Point Finger Lakes Riesling Reserve: Nice and focused right off the bat with good acid energy in the mouth supporting slightly exotic fruit flavors. This leans slightly to the tropical end of the spectrum with pineapple and papaya tones in a very nicely balanced style… 88pts.”

“2009 Sheldrake Point Finger Lakes Dry Riesling: Rather floral with earthy and spicy nuances on the nose accenting some pear and peach fruit. Nice and round in the mouth with good acid and nice weight. This offers up some nice, earthy and slightly herbal peach pit flavors… 86 pts.” - Gregory Dal Piaz, Snooth.com editor

 

Vinum Diligo
June 15, 2011

“In Riesling Heaven”

“2006 Riesling Sheldrake Point, Finger Lakes, New York State, USA A light bodied wine full of freshness. Not the same mouthfeel as most German Rieslings seem to have. But therefore interesting in its own, perhaps more 'simple, streight forward' style.” - Heike Larsson (Neustadt / Weinstrasse, Pfalz, Germany)

 

Why Wine Blog
June 13, 2011

“Sheldrake Point 2009 Dry Rose”

“Aromas of white, or was that a red. First sniff was floral, like honeysuckle with a little grapefruit. A little like a Sauvignon Blanc. But, a second sniff and a lot of strawberry and some raspberry. In the mouth I tasted much more raspberry. A medium-long finish was very dry, fruity. A very nice dry rosé of 100% Cabernet Franc grapes.” - joeschico, blogger

 

New York Cork Report

“Sheldrake Point Vineyards 2009 Dry Riesling”

“Brisk and lightly floral, the nose shows lime and citrus blossom aromas with intense green apple character and hints of fennel frond and lavender. Medium-light in body, the palate is dry, citrusy and snappy with great acidity framing flavors of lime, grapefruit, green apple and more herbal hints. The finish is medium-long, seriously mouth watering and shows just a hint of slate minerality.” - Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor

 

The Grapevine
(Featured on The Mercury, serving Pottsdam, PA and Tri-County Area)
March 24, 2011

“Wine Tips - Sheldrake Point Gewurtz and White Springs Fume Blanc”

“This full-bodied and fragrant Gewurtztraminer is pale yellow in color, but its aroma and flavor is not remotely pale. It has rich aromas of pear with floral notes, and delicious mouth filling flavors of pears, oranges and just a hint of tarragon. It has only .5% residual sugar, so is pleasantly dry and not the least bit syrupy.“ - Dean and Lisa Foster, Vintage Connections Wine Educators and Consultants

 

Wine & Spirits
2010

“Year's Best Riesling”

90 | 2007 Finger Lakes Riesling (Best Buy) - This finely poised riesling leads with a touch of fusel and peach blossom. On the palate the sweet peach flavors feel comforting and centered. It has the palate weight for spicy Asian fare like larb or a green papaya salad.”

 

Wine & Spirits
2010

“Year's Best Riesling”

92 | 2008 Finger Lakes Late Harvest Riesling - Hints of botrytis give complexity to this wine's peach and apricot notes. It's bright and rich at once—the richness going the route of stone fruits—with a fine, lacy acidity.”

 

Wine & Spirits
June 2010

“Value Brands of the Year”

“What: Cool-climate cabernet franc and nervy, mineral whites, with an emphasis on riesling.  Standout: The weighty, substantial 2007 Finger Lakes Riesling, with its tropical aromas.  Where: The western side of the Cayuga Lake in New York's Finger Lakes.  When: The Riesling has the tropical mien and the palate weight for spicy Asian dishes; the herbaceous '07 Finger Lakes Cabernet Franc would pair well with stews.”

 

Wine & Spirits
December 2009

“Year's Best American New Releases”

91 | 2007 Finger Lakes Barrel Reserve Cabernet Franc - A Loire-inspired cabernet franc, this opens with a scent of ripe olive and lithe black cherry. The flavors are spicy and red, finely balanced rather than weighty. Match its charming fruit-skin briskness with seared duck breast.”

 

Wine & Spirits
December 2008

“Year's Best American New Releases”

92 | 2007 Finger Lakes Riesling - This wine is firmly gripped by a combination of minerality and spice, with a distinct red-fruit scent. The flavors have a red berry accent, like red currant, the wine firm and satisfying.”

 

Wine & Spirits
December 2008

“Year's Best American New Releases”

91 | 2007 Finger Lakes Dry Riesling - The apple blossom and sweet yeast scents are a bit of a soft entry to a firmly structured wine, its apple and herb flavors marked with a gripping minerality. This needs air and food to really sing; pair it with an herb-roasted chicken.”

 
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