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2006 Carol Shelton Zinfandel "Wild Thing Cox Vineyard"

Carol Shelton 2006 Wild Thing Zinfandel

Winery: Carol Shelton

Vintage: 2006

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Wild Thing Cox Vineyard"

Wine Category: Zinfandel

Grape blend: 90% Zinfandel & 10% Carignane

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Mendocino

State or country: CA

Price: $28

Cases produced: 1,223

KWG Score: 91 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (92)

Review date: January 21, 2010

Wine Review: This very dark ruby colored Zin opens with a very fragrant spicy boysenberry like bouquet. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, very smooth, and nicely balanced. The flavor profile is a delicious lush spicy blueberry with a touch of black currant and blackberry in the background. The finish is dry and its very well controlled tannins linger nicely. This Zin would be terrific with a pepper encrusted pork tenderloin. Enjoy – Ken

Winemaker Notes: Wild Thing is named for its attitude, and also for the uninoculated, or "wild," yeast ferment used to create it. It takes a whip and a chair to tame its wild fruit, but it is worth the trouble. As my husband likes to say, "It has all the right curves in all the right places." Intensely jammy, black razzberry fruit, vibrant and alive in both nose and mouth, nice hit of black pepper. Smoothly textured in mouth, creamy vanilla oak, and the finish is long and lushly jammy fruit—dangerously good!

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