Sheldrake Point Vineyard, located on the western short of Cayuga Lake in New York's Finger Lakes region, makes some terrific wines. Over the years I've particularly enjoyed their rieslings and even a couple cabernet francs here and there.
This wine, the Sheldrake Point 2007 Pinot Gris ($12) was underwhelming. The pinot gris (or pinot grigio) grape should do well in the Finger Lakes, and I've had some bottles that were good, if not great. This one just fell a bit flat for me.
In the glass, it's a pale straw color but the nose is surprisingly neutral with only a little citrus and pear aroma, and once the wine had warmed to room temperature some toasted almond. I hesitate to call it flabby, because it's not, but the wine lacks acidity for it's medium body and, again, rather neutral flavors. It almost tastes watered down.
Like much of New York, the Finger Lakes experienced a dry, hot growing
season in 2007 and maybe the grapes that went into this wine just lost too much acidity before harvest. It wouldn't shock me to hear that there was some rain just before harvest as well.
Grape(s): 100% pinot gris
Producer: Sheldrake Point Vineyard
AVA: Finger Lakes
Rating: (1.5 out of 5 | Not Recommended-to-Average)