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Carol Shelton Rocky Reserve Zinfandel 2015

Zinfandel from Rockpile, Sonoma County, California
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14.8% ABV
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14.8% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Nice dark-red in color, this wine offers notes of big blueberry-blackberry fruit and spicy-chocolatey oak. On the palate, the wine has nicely-focused acidity that enhances mineral flavors -- as well as elegantly-structured tannins that allow for cellar aging.

Blend: 87% Zinfandel, 13% Petite Sirah

Critical Acclaim

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WS 92
Wine Spectator
A dynamic Zinfandel, with fragrant raspberry and sweet anise aromas and structured yet vibrant smoky cherry and cracked pepper flavors that linger toward polished tannins. Drink now through 2024
WE 90
Wine Enthusiast
An intensely broad-shouldered red blended with 13% Petite Sirah, this has plenty of power within a full-flavored array of brambly blackberry, cherry and dusty cinnamon. The oak (a blend of French and American) is supportive and integrated.
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Carol Shelton

Carol Shelton

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Carol Shelton, Rockpile, Sonoma County, California
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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.

California

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A major force on the global playing field, California is the world’s fourth largest wine-producing region on the planet and the majority of land under vine here is devoted to red varieties—they cover nearly double the vineyard acreage compared to whites.

While the state’s incredibly diverse terrain and microclimates allow for countless red wine styles, the one factor unifying all California red wine is the abundance of sunshine and a long, consistent growing season, which leads to well-developed and fully ripened fruit.

The most famous region today, of course, is the acclaimed Napa Valley, where Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Bordeaux Blends garner global attention and in some cases, cult status.

Sonoma County, nestled between Napa Valley and the Pacific Ocean, claims great variability in geography and microclimates with vineyards climbing up mountains, reaching far into valleys and stretching along some the state’s most dramatic coastlines. Here world-class Pinot Noir is possible from Sonoma’s cooler sites while Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon do well in its warmer locations.

The Central Coast, Lodi and the Sierra Foothills also excel in the production of Zinfandel, and remain active new frontiers for Rhône and Spanish varieties.

Mendocino in California’s cool North Coast region is a fantastic source of Pinot noir.

Winemaking in California dates back to the 18th century when Spanish missionaries planted the first wine grapes. But the industry experienced its first boom with the Gold Rush in the last half of the 19th century when miners brought vines to the Sierra Foothills.

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