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Carol Shelton Wines Zinfandel Rockpile Rocky Reserve Rockpile Ridge Vineyard 2005

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Inky blue-purple in color, moderate black pepper spice on deep blue-blackberry fruit, whisper of green herbs and smoky oak. Cedary oak spice, very dark chocolate, structured tannins for aging.

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Carol Shelton Wines:
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.

Editorial Reviews for Carol Shelton Wines Zinfandel Rockpile Rocky Reserve Rockpile Ridge Vineyard

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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4.50 5
11/17/2008

Big and fruit bomb nose with intense orange peel and stewy raspberry fruit that is quite complex with tones of vanilla and game accenting the fruit. Gains in the glass adding toasted hazelnut, bitter cocoa and earth, clove tinged baked plum fruits. Surprisingly lean on entry with an intense attack of very spicy fruits and fine herbal top notes. The mid-palate reveals a core of sweet, earthy fruit rich with strawberry and raspberry tones. In a lighter style with lots of polished tannins and while it is a bit lean it really speaks with excellent soil tones. Lacks the chewy weight of many Zins but makes up for it with a fine, elegant feel and remarkably transparent red fruits. 94pts


External Reviews for Carol Shelton Wines Zinfandel Rockpile Rocky Reserve Rockpile Ridge Vineyard

External Review
Source: Sonoma Harvest Fair
11/24/2008

Sonoma Harvest Fair 2008 - Bronze Medal


External Review
Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesThe Rocky Reserveit is a classic Zin, crammed with the inky blackberry fruit and black pepper spice for which the Dry Creek Valley is famous, with lots of interesting vanilla and spices from the variety of oaks. It is well structured for longer age, but can be consumed with delight in the near-term as well!


External Review
Source: WineGlobe.com
02/04/2009

I?ve liked this wine over the years because of the Bordeaux-like elegance it achieves without losing Zin?s wild, briary side. Here, the wine is softer and a little sweeter than in the past, given the hot vintage, but it?s still balanced and rich in



Inky blue-purple in color, moderate black pepper spice on deep blue-blackberry fruit, whisper of green herbs and smoky oak. Cedary oak spice, very dark chocolate, structured tannins for aging.

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