Carol Shelton Rocky Reserve Zinfandel Sonoma County 2013

The Data

Country   USA

Appellation   Sonoma County

Varietal   Zinfandel

Retail Price   $35

ABV   14.4%

In the Glass

Appearance

Deep, darkest garnet red color.

Aromatics

The aromatics are dense and with red and black berries supported by dried berries, mineral, vanilla bean, cassis, loads of brown baking spices (especially cinnamon), black pepper, and dried blueberry.

Flavor

The palate is in full accord with the nose delivering layers of concentrated berry fruits with generous spice and oak notes giving this wine dimension and depth.

Intensity & Texture

Medium to full-bodied with sexy spice and oak notes delivered with perfect balance and length.

Cool Factor

A

A beautiful Zin that proves that complex and hedonistic Zin is still being made in California!

Value Grade

B+

It's not a wine to make the bargain list but that's not the point here as this is a delicious wine made with style and grace. This wine is worth every penny.

Analysis

The grapes are sourced from the Florence Vineyard that sits 1,400 feet above Lake Sonoma and the Dry Creek Valley. The Zin is supported by 14% Petite Sirah adding that snap and spice that it does bring. The wine is aged for 17 months in a unique blend of French, American, and Hungarian oak.

How to Enjoy

Please do decant this wine if you want to enjoy every nuance that this beauty does possess. Serve with grilled or smoked sausages.

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