Sheehan Winery is located in the Vecinos del Bosque area of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Winemaker/owner Sean Sheehan originally set out to become a doctor, but his underlying passion for wine eventually took over. In 2015 he started Sheehan Winery after a decade of working as a winemaker for other New Mexican wineries. Sheehan is a small batch producer of wines of character, layers and depth. His 2017 Chambourcin “Elyce Vineyard” is no exception.
Chambourcin is a French-American hybrid grape that is disease resistant, particularly fungal disease. It’s a highly productive grape, deep red in color and aromatic. It is planted widely in the mid-Atlantic region of North America as well as other areas of the country including New Mexico. Chambourcin is also grown in France and Portugal. Winemakers use this grape to produce both dry and slightly sweet wines.
Pouring the wine (purchased $30.00, 13.5% alc), the Chambourcin red color definitely stood out and glistened in the glass. We detected aromas of red berries and spice. There were lots of layers when tasting this wine – from cherry and cranberry to earth and cinnamon spice. The finish had a pleasantly slight pepper taste which was not overpowering. The tannins were well-balanced. There was nothing to not like about this wine. It reminded us of a pinot noir, but better. It would pair nicely with grilled red meats.
Because this is a small batch wine, the bottle label is numbered (nice touch!). We tasted bottle # 739 out of 1,058 bottles produced. The cork is also sealed in wax. Elyce Vineyard, part of Sheehan’s well-established Corrales and Bosque Farm vineyards produce award-winning wines utilizing both traditional and modern wine making methods. This Chambourcin was the 2017 Gold Medal Winner in the New Mexico State Wine Competition.Giving back to the community is also important to Sheehan. He donates a portion of the proceeds of every bottle sold to support healthcare and economic development projects in New Mexico and globally. To learn more about Sheehan Winery, view a brief video below: