Carol Shelton Wild Thing Zinfandel 2012
Zinfandel from California
Wild Thing is so named because the grapes are fermented with naturally occurring wild yeasts native to the vineyard that produces the wine. And the vineyard is special, too: Just north of Ukiah in Mendocino, it was planted in 1956, and today the vines are still going strong. Rocky soils and a rigorously parsimonious irrigation regime help these vines to produce bright, juicy wines rich with baked cherry and blackberry flavors overlaid with cinnamon, clove and licorice.
Wine Enthusiast - "Not overly full-bodied, not overly ripe, not overly wild, but just right for dinner time. It's well balanced, velvet textured and multilayered. Brambly, bright raspberry and blackberry flavors fill the mouth, supported by smooth tannins and good acidity that keep it lively and appetizing through the long finish. "
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com - "The Wild Thing, what a great name, when this one first came on the market, it was crazy and maybe just a bit too while. Now it is perfect or close to as perfect as it can be. Veteran winemaker Carol Shelton is one of the state's top performers. She knows what she is doing. This one shows bold berries that stay long on the palate; calls for grilled leg of lamb, with a zinfandel reduction sauce."
Carol Shelton Winery
Carol Shelton is widely cited as the most awarded winemaker in the United States. She has won countless medals for her wines and has been honored as Winemaker of the Year numerous times. After years of working with some of the industry's top winemakers and wineries, Carol continues to win awards and accolades for premium Zinfandels produced under her own brand, Carol Shelton Wines.
In 2000 Carol and her husband Mitch Mackenzie, a former software engineer, launched their own brand – Carol Shelton Wines. Faced with the opportunity to create her own identity and focus on whatever varietals she wanted, Carol chose Zinfandel. View all Carol Shelton Wines
About Other CaliforniaView a map of Other California wineries
California has nearly 100 American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) and accounts for almost 90% of wine production in the United States. In our section of Other California, we include wines from smaller AVAs as well as wines from the California AVA. Here are a few smaller AVAs you may see on the label:
Livermore Valley AVA, located right outside of San Francisco and home to wineries such as Wente.
Lodi County AVA, an AVA further east of San Francisco and known for its excellent, old-vine Zinfandels.
San Francisco Bay AVA, a sprawling AVA that covers Contra Costa, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties, to name a few. Wine that holds only the California AVA is typically a wine that includes grapes from a number of different AVAs, which leads to the general labeling of the wine as California. This does not denote the quality of the wine, only the diversity of where the grapes originate.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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3 ratings, 3 with reviewsWilfred Wong (of Wine.com) - San Francisco, CA411/5/2014
A real zin, the 2012 Carol Shelton Wild Thing shows up with berries-a-plenty. A very pretty wine with deep and serious flavors; sourced from Mendocino County (92%), Sonoma County (4%) and Lodi (4%). This wine delivers from start to finish. 90 Points Wilfred Wongdocstef - Redding, CA11/3/2015yuckeugene strite - CHAMBERSBURG, PA412/13/2014
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
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