Carol Shelton

Without a doubt, one of our favorite Zinfandel producers out of California is Carol Shelton. 

Carol seeks out some VERY interesting vineyards & crafts some amazing RED Zins which have character, vinosity (old vine-ness), generosity coupled with wonderful texture, balance & surprising delicious-ness.  In addition she deftly “frames” each of her wines with a complex matrix of French, Hungarian & American oak barrels, new to old.  Her wines are therefore never over oaked.  Such an artist…..and a true champion of RED Zinfandel.

“Wild Thing” is a very unique Zinfandel blend (mainly Zin, with some Carignane & other grape varieties).  The core is the organically farmed Cox Vineyard (planted in 1956) up the rocky, rolling hills of Mendocino above the town of Ukiah.

“Monga Zin” is produced from the Lopez Vineyard (planted in 1918) down in Cucumonga, which is today surrounded on 3 sides by freeway.  Dry & organically farmed rock & sand, with scant yields of 1/3 ton per acre normally, this is a historic vineyard Zin is truly a work of passion, as it really doesn’t  make a whole lot of sense financially.  You will want to taste this wine while the vineyard is still around.

“Karma Zin”  is produced from a 110 year old vine field blend (Rue Vineyard) located in the cooler climate of the Russian River Valley.  Yea…..this is pedigree lane….looking at neighboring vineyards such as Belloni, Wood Road & Fanucchi. 

“Rocky Reserve” Hails from the Florence Vineyard located at 2000 feet elevation above Lake Sonoma & the Dry Creek Valley.  96% Zinfandel & 4% Petite Sirah…..dare I say….Black Zinfandel?

Finally, Carol also produces ONE white wine…. Coquille” Blanc….which in 2009 comes from Paso Robles  Grenache Blanc, Roussanne & Viognier each grown in limestone/silaceous rich soil.  The resulting minerality makes this wine so upliftingly refreshing, aromatically minerally with a clean & crisp buoyancy, ideal with a wide range of foods.

In addition……Carol Shelton is a REALLY nice person…..& truly deserves all of the high acclaim & awards bestowed upon her & her wines. 




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