Sharrott Winery is located in Southern New Jersey. The winemaker produces both red and white wines, utilizing a wide selection of varietals.
The 2009 Sharrott Trio was a red blend, composed of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc, and 20% Merlot.
This was my first sampling of a wine from Sharrott. It came is slightly above my expectations.
Prior to tasting, the wine was not decanted.
The first thing that struck me was the color of the wine. It was extremely light, almost a clear red. Not what one would expect from a Cabernet Sauvignon blend. It was much closer to a Burgundy, even light for that.
The aroma was a bit funky. Minerals were abundant, barnyard kept coming to mind (I don’t like barnyards!). There was also pepper in the background.
My initial sips found red fruit, apple, and a slightly tart sensation (tart in a good way, not bad). About one hour in, the wine opened and cherries made their small arrival. There was nothing complex to this mix, it was all pretty simple. Overall, it was drinkable (a pleasant surprise given my apprehension after the aroma).
The finish was brief, with nothing overly prominent.
This was a nice, light red wine.
I paired it with a selection of cheeses. It went well with a few (it was fantastic with brie), but some of the stronger cheeses (vieux cru des cremiers) overtook the wine. Again, this is a very, light wine, with an ABV of 11.2%. It needs to be paired with very, mild foods.
The 2009 Sharrott Trio cost me $25. At that price level, I must admit, there are better non-New Jersey options available.
That being said, Sharrot Winery is doing a good job (producing wine in New Jersey isn’t easy!). I would not hesitate to try some of their other wines in the future.