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Fred's Red Mendocino County Red Wine

Fred’s Red Mendocino County Red Wine Review

Fred’s Red Mendocino County Red Wine, bottled by McNab Ridge Winery Ukiah, California.

The Fred’s Red label named after the original McNab dog, Fred, and like Fred is a blend of many things. In this case, a base blend of Syrah and Zinfandel but with a large number of little known Portuguese varietals thrown in. It’s fresh, clean, soft, and an infinitely gulpable and enjoyable wine to have with anything off the grill.

On The Back Label

My name is Fred, a McNab Shepherd- a working dog established in Mendocino County over 100 years abo by my Scottish ancestors. Back then, we herded sheep. Today, the McNabs on this ranch round up grapes. A sheep dog herding grapes, you say? You may think I’m barking up the wrong vine here, but grapes, patrolling the vineyard, trying to remember where I buried that bone. I’m very particular about flavor and choose only select vines under which to bury my best bones. Better flavor, better aging. You’re sure to like Fred’s Red and so will your canine-loving friends. Cheers!

Alc. 14.8% BY VOL.
www.mcnabridge.com
Doggone Good Wine

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2016 Wild Thing Rendezvous Rose Mendocino County Carol Shelton

2016 Wild Thing Rendezvous Rosé Carol Shelton Review

Carold Shelton’s 2016 Rendezvous Rosé is a dry rosé from Mendocino County and uses organicaly grown grapes. This wine was created by bleeding half of the “pink” juice off of red Carignane grapes a full three days after crushing them, it is fermented cold like a white wine to retain the crisp strawberry fruitiness.

Winemaker’s Tasting Notes, Light cranberry color, juicy strawberry-watermelon fruit aromas, nice mineral, hint of pink grapefruit. Refreshingly crisp and dry. Great with almost any food, from sushi to salmon to BBQ.

Fermentation, cold maceration for three days on skins to winemaker’s discretion, then 50% of juice was drained then cold-settled and cold fermented. Cellar storage aging was in 100% stainless steel.

Alcohol – 13.5%
Risidual Sugar 0.4%
Total Acidity – 0.56 gm/100ml
ph – 3.40

Varietal – 99% Carignane, 4% Zinfandel, 1.5% each Pinot Noir, Petite Sirah, Cabernet and Viognier

Appellation – 90% Mendocino County, Cox vinyard, organically grown, CCOF certified, 9% sustainably grown in Sonoma County and 1% sustainably grown in Placer County.

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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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