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2014 Carol Shelton Zinfandel "Rocky Reserve"

Winery: Carol Shelton

Vintage: 2014

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Rocky Reserve"

Wine Category: Zinfandel

Grape blend: 86% Zinfandel & 14% Petite Sirah

Region: Rockpile

State or country: CA

Price: $36

Cases produced: 537

KWG Score: 92.2 (based on 4 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (91)

Review date: February 14, 2017

Wine Review: This dark ruby colored Rockpile based Zinfandel was our top finisher in our Big Blind Tasting. It opens with an attractive mild blueberry muffin and black cherry-cola bouquet with a hint of vanilla oak. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and juicy. The flavor profile is a tasty boysenberry with notes of oak and acai berry. There is also some nicely integrated minerality throughout and a hint of cocoa. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins and flavors are nicely extended. The Panel thought that this Zin was food friendly. They suggested pairing this with veal milanese or roast pheasant with wild mushroom risotto and asparagus. Enjoy – KWGTP

Winemaker Notes: Nice dark-red in color, big blueberry-blackberry fruit, spicy-chocolatey oak, nicely focused acidity enhances mineral flavors, elegantly structured tannins for aging, super plush long finish!

Organic status: not organic

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