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Review 2016 Carol Shelton Wild Thing Zinfandel 750ml

2016 Carol Shelton Wild Thing Zinfandel 750ml

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92 Wine Spectator
Spirited and zesty, with lively cherry and smoky cracked pepper flavors that frolic on the long finish toward well groomed tannins. Drink now through 2024.
About the Wine

Old Vine Mendocino Zinfandel is a treasure. Grown on the benchlands and slopes of mountainsides — this 60 plus year old vine Zinfandel was named for these wild- looking vines and also for the uninoculated, or “wild,” yeast ferment that was used to create it.  It takes a lot of effort to tame this wild fruit, but it is worth all the trouble. Wild Thing is dangerously good!   Remember – you are what you drink ….

WINEMAKER NOTES:

Aromas of black cherry, ripe plum and raspberry fruit combine with a hint of cigar box, and vanilla-oak baking spice loveliness. Smoothly textured in mouth, and the palate is very creamy and round, with a finish that is long with lush jammy fruit.

HARVEST DATE:

Oct 4-8 (Cox Zin)

FERMENTATION CHARACTERISTICS:

Uninoculated (WILD) yeast fermentation, which took 5 days to start (cold soak!) for total of 16 days on skins. Déléstaged (pronounced 'del-ess-TAHJd) three times before 12 Brix

CELLAR STORAGE/AGING:

16 months in American oak barrels: 25% new and 1-yr-old, 14% 2-yr-old and 60% older French and American.

VARIETAL:

78% Old Vine Zinfandel, 14% old vine Carignane, 8% Petite Sirah ***Organically and Sustainably farmed and organically grown

APPELLATION:

99% Cox Vineyard, Mendocino County

Averge Brix at Harvest:26.3°Brix (average)
Alcohol:14.6%
Total Acidity:0.65 gm/100ml
pH:3.60