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Episode 04: Shelton Vineyards 2005 Cabernet Franc

North Carolina Wine TV Review:
The Shelton Vineyards 2005 Cabernet Franc is the perfect example of what North Carolina wine should be. This wine is rich with layers of fruit and green peppers on the nose. Though extremely dry on the finish, it is balanced perfectly, leaving an appealing vegetable finish with overtones of red fruit. This wine is a tremendous value and could be served alongside the best steak or other heavy meat dishes with pride and enjoyment.

Rating: ★★★★½

according to the North Carolina Wine Ratings Scale

About Shelton Vineyards 2005 Cabernet Franc (from the winery):
Due to the drought conditions, 2005 was a banner year for all of our red wines. The Cabernet Franc is no exception. The dry weather allowed for extended hang times which, in turn, created richer flavors and higher sugars. This wine is filled with rich black fruit flavors, accented with the spiciness unique to Cabernet Franc and a hint of saddle leather. This wine would be an excellent choice to serve with beef, game, lamb or spicy dishes.

About Shelton Vineyards (from the winery):
In 1994, brothers Charlie and Ed Shelton purchased at auction the land on which Shelton Vineyards sits. Although they had no firm plans for the future of the property, the land is located just a few miles from where the two brothers grew up. Both brothers have a keen interest in fine wines. This, coupled with the area’s ideal climate of mild winters and moderate summers, led the two to consider developing a vineyard as a personal hobby. After much study and consultation, the Sheltons’ hobby quickly became a full-fledged business operation. “We saw the impact this vineyard, and others in the area, could have 20 to 30 years down the road,” says Charlie Shelton. “With tobacco farming on the decline, we saw it as a great way to diversify the farming industry and open doors to new possibilities in the area, such as agri-tourism. People love to tour vineyards, taste the wine and hear the story of winemaking. And, at Shelton Vineyards, we believe we have a great story to tell.” The groundbreaking ceremony was held June 23, 1999. The winery is a 33,000 square-foot building designed by well-known North Carolina architect, Ray Troxell. This was his first time designing a winery, and the spectacular result speaks for itself.

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13 Responses to “Episode 04: Shelton Vineyards 2005 Cabernet Franc”

  1. I like that you have incorporated the new NC wine bottle ratings scale. I’ve also noticed the Shelton Vineyards “wineometer” and agree that it’s a nice touch and I wish more bottles would adopt something similar. It’s interesting that you noted green pepper flavors with this wine – in my experience vegetal flavors such as green pepper are characteristic of Yadkin Valley Reds, almost a defining profile. Perhaps it has something to do with the young age of the vines growing there.

    oh and ps……i love the frequent fly overs!

  2. George Denka says:


    Thank you for for your work in showcasing North Carolina wines. Since I work for Shelton Vineyards I’m glad you liked our 2005 Cabernet Franc. Please feel free to contact me anytime you would like to visit our facilites in Dobson. We would discuss NC/Yadkin Valley wines with you and perhaps acquaint you with other current releases and a few future releases. Thanks again for your interest in North Carolina wines. I look forward to future segments.

    George Denka
    Shelton Vineyards

  3. Jeff Cohen says:

    Christian: Glad you like our wine rating system. We have even tweaked it some more since you saw them, so it is now a piece of data attached to the post. This will let us track the best wines more easily. We also really liked the wineometer, too. It certainly enhances the buying experience if you know what type of wines you like. And that’s great to hear that many Yadkin reds have vegetal flavors, as that was one of the things set this wine apart for us.

    George: Glad you found our show and enjoyed this episode. We really enjoyed your wine. We would love to visit Shelton Vineyards, along with many of your neighbors, so please send us an email at contact AT northcarolinawine DOT tv with the best way to contact you and we can schedule something. Also, can you let us know how you found our show? We assume that all businesses have Google Alerts set up on their company name, but it is always interesting to know what other things companies are doing.

    Thanks again for the comments.

  4. Sonja Foust says:

    Hey guys! Cool site! I looked for this on iTunes so that I could subscribe, and couldn’t find it. Are you on there?

  5. stacy lyons says:

    accidentally stumbled upon your site – great idea! There are some wonderful NC Wines – Rag Apple Lassie 2004 Merlot being my fav! Great wine and even better people making it! BTW was that a Bronto shirt being worn in episode 1?

  6. Kipp Bodnar says:

    Sonja- We are not in iTunes yet, but should be soon. You should also be able to manually add our RSS feed and subscribe to it in iTunes if you would prefer. We will be sure to let you know once our iTunes link is live!

    Stacy- Thanks for taking a minute to check out our show it means a lot. Yes that was a Bronto shirt in episode 1 :)

    A big thank you to everyone that is leaving us comments we are having such a good time doing this. Thank you for your support!

  7. Sam Devine says:

    Shelton Vineyards is a fabulous winery to visit as well; took my mom there for Mother’s Day for brunch and a winery tour. Gorgeous with some great wine (though I’m a dedicated white wine drinker, I’m sure their red wine is great too).

  8. Old Lady Bones says:

    Gorgeous vineyard.

    we were out there several years ago.
    their whites were REALLY nice.
    they have a restaurant onsite…yummm, bottle of chard some fresh local fruit and mild cheeses…watch the sun set. you gotta go out there.

    the wines taste points better when your on the grounds!

    BTW love the fly over-keep it ‘real’

  9. John Day says:

    Luv your site and your rating system. Shelton Vineyards is about as beautiful as a winery and vineyard can be. World class in every way. Theirs is the best Riesling I have ever tasted. They also make a pretty astounding sparkling wine. Actually I’ve never had a bad wine from Shelton just some I like better than others.

  10. [...] for us to try another vintage of a wine we have previously reviewed. Here’s the review of the Shelton Vineyards 2005 Cabernet Franc. The nose is very vegetal with stewed tomatoes, green beans, green peppers, black pepper and smoky. [...]

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