2012 Cabernet Sauvignon: Why We Waited

We are pleased to announce the release of the Sheldrake Point Winery 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, and just as pleased to tell you why we waited so long to release this magnificent red wine. Sheldrake Point Winery is beginning a bottle aging program to deliver to our customers red wines that have had time to develop for a year or more.

These Cabernet Sauvignon grapes have a two year wait before this varietal will find its way to your glass.

These Cabernet Sauvignon grapes have a two year wait before this varietal will find its way to your glass. Read about our newly released 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, and why we waited.

Bottle Aging & the Sheldrake Point Terroir

Sheldrake Point as a terroir lends to lighter body reds and lightly oaked whites, wines which are well suited to the property and climate on the shore of Cayuga Lake. Trying to make heavier wines would be a disingenuous attempt to imitate the wine making styles of California or other mid latitude wine regions.

By bottle aging, we create a product that is representative of the variety and does justice to the grape. As red wine ages, the traditional fresh berry and fruit profiles develop towards the cooked/stewed flavors (i.e.: fresh cherry turns to black cherry or plum flavors.)

Most red wines are not meant to be consumed right after bottling and we understand that—by bottle aging, we take full advantage of the unique flavor profile of the Sheldrake Point terroir.

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon: Why we waited

Making our Cabernet Sauvignon is an exercise in patience.

We first barrel-aged our 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon for nine months, then we bottled, and put it all away for well over a year for bottle aging.

This technique, and, indeed, our entire wine program, is a culmination of winemaker Dave Breeden’s 15+ years at Sheldrake Point. Plus, his pre-winery background in chemistry means meticulous management of and balance in our wines. Dave’s other pre-winery background in the study of philosophy has also shaped his approach to winemaking for all of our wines.

Dave makes wines that are the true representation of Sheldrake Point as a terroir, unique without attempting to be something we’re not. We are a Finger Lakes Winery, and we make high quality Finger Lakes wines.

A Philosophy for Red Wine

The only red wines that are ready to drink right away after bottling are our Gamay Noir and our Dry Rosé. For Sheldrake Point’s Cabernet Sauvignon and Meritage, both will benefit from our bottle aging process. Our 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon speaks for itself to answer why we waited. Our philosophy for bottle aging is one for the ages.

Chuck was attracted to the Finger Lakes wine industry during his graduate work at the Cornell Hotel School and was instrumental in the transformation of the old abandoned dairy farm to today’s winery and vineyard. As principle owners, he and his wife Fran assume the risk of the venture and personally see to its priorities and requirements.  Chuck’s focus is on the management and company systems and processes.  When not in the office, he and Fran may also be working with the staff, doing repairs, tending the gardens, or chatting with visitors.