This beautiful label with its ethereal young child with piercing eyes and an old face is just beautiful. It is a huge label which covers most of its bottle.
I was told the winery owner was looking, without success, through a series of art books for an image to appear on their new wine. Giving up, she settled down to sleep to be later woken by the sound of a book falling to the floor. Switching on a light she found a book lying open at this picture.
I visited Sharpe Hill winery in April 2004 and enjoyed all their wines, especially this, made from Vignoles grapes and its pair Red Seraph (again with an attractive label) made from a blend of St Croix grown on the farm and Merlot from Long Island.
Ballet of Angels has a pear like nose, crisp with a slightly oily mid palate, light bodied with an off dry finish. Itís an ideal aperitif wine, most enjoyable and said to be Connecticutís most popular wine.
The picture on the label is titled "Francis
O. Watts with Bird" and was painted in 1805 by deaf artist John Brewster Jr. (1766-1854)
who was one of the most prominent portrait painters in America. The artists biography A Deaf Artist in Early America: The Worlds of John Brewster Jr by Harlan Lane was published by the Beacon Press in September 2004.