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