Carol Shelton Wines

(707) 575-3441 3354B Coffey Lane
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
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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. – Description from dvoristanac

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  • Trousseau Gris

    Trousseau Gris (Troo-so-gree) has a crisp, clean, flowery bouquet with flavors of fresh peaches, honeysuckle, pear, ...

  • Grenache Blanc

    History of the grape: Grenache Blanc is thought to be a mutation of Grenache Noir, more often referred to as just Gre...

  • Carignan

    History of the grape: The grape has been traced as far back as the 3rd century in the Aragon province in Spain. The A...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Carol Shelton Wines Zinfandel Rockpile Rocky Reserve Rockpile Ridge Vineyard 2004

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    Very nice. Loaded with blackberry, casis, spice and a hint of mocha. Great fruit and balance. Read More

    Wine review by Derek67


  • Carol Shelton Wines Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Maple Zin Maple Vineyards 2004

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    Pure fruit with an icy cool, ashy edge. There is a nice nuttiness here from the sweet oak and lovely fresh fruit with a touch of candied apple and watermelon adding depth to the spicy berries. Notes of eucalyptus, violets, almond husk and vanilla add complexity. Nice purity yet the tannins remain a bit aggressive. There is very bright pink peppe... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Carol Shelton Wines Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Maple Zin Maple Vineyards 2004

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    Rich leathery cigar box aromas over black cherry notes; leads to bracing & jammy black tea fruits, current and spice; well-balanced flavors but finishing with very woody finish. Read More

    Wine review by ekw590


  • Carol Shelton Wines Zinfandel Russian River Valley Karma Zin Rue 2005

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    Spicy and balsamic on the lifted nose with notes of incense and flowers and deep briary, pine forest tones. Theres some deep fruit here but this smells tight and restrained right now. Big and rich on entry with wooly tannins and plenty of glycerin and alcohol contributing to a full mouthfeel that tapers off a bit on the back end. Lots of briar... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Carol Shelton Wines Zinfandel Russian River Valley Karma Zin Rue 2005

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    Rather strong up front vanilla/pine nose with berry in the background. Big berry flavors almost burst in the mouth; earthy with lots of acidity and wood to support the rich flavors. Black pepper finish. Expensive at $30. Read More

    Wine review by ekw590


  • I got a bit behind schedule as we moved on to Zinfandel this past Monday but I didn't have anything to add to this post to get things started.Well I was able to change that yesterday but really only have a few impressions about a Zin or three sampled at the large trade tasting organized by Polaner yesterday here in New York..First of the Outpost... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Post your Zinfandel GTi notes...


  • Carol Shelton Wines Zinfandel Rockpile Rocky Reserve Rockpile Ridge Vineyard 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by oceank8


  • Wine flights for this blind tasting.Flight 1- Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel2006 Pedroncelli Mother Clone2005 Quivira2006 HoldredgeFlight 2 Dry Creek Valley Single Vineyards 2006 Dashe Cellars Florence Vineyard2006 Dry Creek Vineyard Somers Ranch2005 Carol Shelton Rocky Reserve Florence VineyardFlight 3 100 years and what do you get?2006 Terra d'O... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Snooth Panel Tasting Program...


  • Wine flights for this blind tasting. Flight 1- Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2006 Pedroncelli Mother Clone 2005 Quivira 2006 Holdredge Flight 2 – Dry Creek Valley Single Vineyards 2006 Dashe Cellars Florence Vineyard 2006 Dry Creek Vineyard Somers Ranch 2005 Carol Shelton Rocky Reserve Florence Vineyard Flight 3 – 100 years and what do you get? 20... Read More

    From the article Snooth Panel Tasting Program explores Zinfandel


  • Wines tasted in this reportFlight 1- Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel2006 Pedroncelli Mother Clone 86pts2005 Quivira 85pts2006 Holdredge 93ptsFlight 2 Dry Creek Valley Single Vineyards 2006 Dashe Cellars Florence Vineyard 93pts2006 Dry Creek Vineyard Somers Ranch 89pts2005 Carol Shelton Rocky Reserve Florence Vineyard 94ptsFlight 3 100 years and wha... Read More

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