2014 Premier Old Vine Zinfandel Review
9/10 – Oak and bright fruit notes, fruit forward and complex
Wine Enthusiast 90 Points
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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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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