Category Archives: 2014

2014 Hedges Family Estate Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon Review

2014 Hedges Family Estate Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon Review

2014 Hedges Family Estate Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon Review

9/10 – Savory yet very beautiful on the palate, a great buy!

Tasting Notes
Deep purple color, yet not opaque. A sense of finesse in the color which suggests liveliness on the palate. The mouth feel is angular, with grace and precision. The 2011 vintage produced a savory character in the wines, like that of fennel, salt, tar and steel. Highly integrated tannins, dusty in a sense, alongside protective acidity guarding against premature oxidation. This wine, like other Red Mountain AVA wines before, will develop beautifully for up to 25 or more years with proper cellaring. While a fine wine now with food, should develop well for drinking on its own as it slowly evolves.

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2014 Premier Old Vine Zinfandel Review

2014 Premier Old Vine Zinfandel Review

2014 Premier Old Vine Zinfandel Review

9/10 – Oak and bright fruit notes, fruit forward and complex

Wine Enthusiast 90 Points

Tasting Notes
Made using a specific blend of our most iconic vineyards, the 2014 Premier Old Vine Zinfandel has been aged 20 months in French Oak. The resulting wine is bright and highly aromatic with notes of blackberry, cocoa powder and cola nut. Loaded with flavors of strawberry, chocolate, anise and smoked meat, the layered complexity of this wine is complimented by its excellent weight and balance, making it a signature Old Vine Zinfandel. Fresh and refined, the plush tannins are flawlessly integrated to add a silky, regal quality to the velvety finish. A perfect wine for every day or an elegant pairing to any meal. Enjoy now through 2019.

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2014 Carol Shelton Karma Reserve Red Blend Review

2012 Carol Shelton Karma Reserve Sonoma County Red Wine Review

2012 Carol Shelton Karma Reserve wine is a Sonoma County red blend. 70% Zinfandel, 13% Petite Sirah, 6% Alicante Bouschet, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Carignane and 2% Viognier. They produced 1,513 cases of this vintage.

The back label says,

It’s Karma: if you do good things, something good will happen. Our Karma Reserve red blend is a complex wine that is both bold and fruity, brimming with dark fruit flavors and deep toasted oak. We pass along this good Karma to you… now pay it forward!

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2015 Carol Shelton Coquille Blanc Paso Robles

2015 Carol Shelton Coquille Blanc Paso Robles Review

2015 Carol Shelton Coquille Blanc

Originally this wine was created in 2008 to celebrate the wineries 10th anniversary. The exotic compexity and food friendliness of a white Rone-style bland makes this a “red drinkers white” a complex alternative to the more one dimensional white varietal wines like Chardonnay and Sauvignon blanc.

Coquille, is pronounced “ko-keel” it is French for shellfish or scallop.

Winemaker’s tasting notes, exotic nose of spicy pears and white peaches, almond paste/marzipan, a touch of honeysuckle perfume. In the mouth it is chrisply dry yet creamy and round and full-bodied, with nice almond paste on crisp-yet-juicy pear fruit.

Fermentation Characteristics, 100% barrel fermented, then stirred every 10 days for 9 months

Cellar Storage Aging, nine months in older French oak barrels

Alcohol – 13.2%
Residual Sugar – 0.35%
Total Acidity – 0.65 gm/100ml
pH – 3.40

Varietals – 38% Grenache blanc, 32% Roussanne, 20% Viognier, 10% Marsanne

Appellation – 93% Paso Robles, Nevarez Vinyard, 7% Damiano (Viognier), Placer Co all sustainably grown

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2014 Wild Thing Old Vine Zinfandel Review

Carol Shelton is known for being the most awarded winemaker in the United States. She has worked with some of the top winemakers including Robert Mondavi and Andre Tchelistcheff. In 2000, she launched her own brand of wine named Carol Shelton Wines, with a focus on Zinfandels.

2014 Wild Thing Old Vine Zinfandel is 77% Zinfandel, 9% Carignane, 8% Primitivo 2% Syrah, 2% Alicante Bouchet, 1 % Barbera and 1% Petite Sirah. It is a very well made great wine with full aromos and flavors of black cherry, ripe plum, berry and a slight spice of vanilla, oak and pepper. Smooth textured in the mouth and the palate is very creamy and round, with a finish that is long with lush jammy fruit. 2014 was a very dry vear, these grapes love heat and the struggle of the drought has produced beautiful dense fruit flavors.

Harvest Date – September and October 2014
Cellar Storage Aging – 10 months in 87% American and 13% French barrels, 35% new oak barrels
Alcohol – 14.5%
pH – 3.65
Varietal – 80% Zin, 10% Carignane, 9% Petite Sirah, 1% Alicante Bouschet – Organic and Sustainably grown.
Appellation – Mendocino County
Bottling Date – Jan 11-15, 2016
Case Production – 11,650 cases (750 ml)

90 Points – Wine Spectator

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