The Best of Zinfandel
An amazing line up of the very best Zinfandels
Carol Shelton- A Zinfandel specialist and the ‘most awarded winemaker in America” as well. The wines here tend to be on the bigger side, somewhat due to their origins with vineyards in Cucamonga as well as throughout Sonoma county and in Mendocino as well. Having many fruit sources means there is a bit less of a house style here as it seems that Carol Shelton tries to let the vines do most of the talking here. The results are balanced, and fruit driven though they still do seem to carry a noticable winemaking imprint.
Deep briary nose a little poppy seeds, spice and black raspberry fruit with bitter chocolate shavings and coffee oak aromas. A big wine with layers of flavors, bitter cherry, musky, wild flowers and jammy black currant all framed with a little nutty oak and some fine green edginess here as well. The tannins are noticeable, acids bright, both contributing to a little tactile and dusty feel in the mouth but this turns very focused and steely on the backend with cherry skin notes, and a little wild blackberry thing going on. A little chewy and raw and sure to improve. 90pts
Big jammy vanilla and licorice scented nose with lots of juniper accented wild berry fruit aromas. Fresh and
zesty in the mouth. This is very well balanced with lots of fruit tannin supporting deep briary flavors. The clarity of fruit on the palate is surprising given the jammy aromas. This picks up lovely brushy chaparral inner mouth perfumes that lead to gorgeous red fruit with a little lingonberry character on the finish, which does show a touch of heat. A little tannic and chewy but nicely done. 91pts
Creamy white chocolate and raspberry/cherry fruit lends this a softness on the nose with hint of wood spice framing the somewhat over-ripe fruit. Rich and powerful and ever so chewy on the palate with nice freshness to the coffee and herb tinged strawberry and black cherry preserves fruit. There’s lots of soil driven character on the palate with ripe tannins contributing some power to the briar wood, cocoa and wood spice flavors on the long, palate staining finish. 91pts
Dark earthy, mineral and balsamic on the nose with dark fruit and pressed floral accents. Rich and seamless on entry, this has fine tension in the mouth, a little dusty though with super depth on the palate and deeply steeped flavors, all blackberry and black curranty The super fine yet firm tannins keep this firm and focused through the long finish which shows some blueberry jam notes a dark assertive spice flavors. The oak is very well judged offering gentle support to the dark and mineral fruit flavors. 92pts