Oh man!  Are you in for a real treat with this Zinfandel.  First of all, you’re getting a Zinfandel from Mendocino and Sonoma County.  Already, the expectations are up a few notches.  Second of all, this “old vine” variety is pretty old by American standards – 50 years! The expectations of good, quality, concentrated flavors are even higher. Lastly, just open it and enjoy the cherry and raspberry aroma of this superb wine.  What all could be in this Zinfandel bottle, you ponder?  It’s actually mix of 80% Zinfandel,14% Carignane, 5% Petite Sirah, 1% Alicante Bouschet sourced from 75% Mendocino County, 24% Sonoma County, 1% Lodi.  Now that you have the full disclosure, start sipping and enjoying the intense flavors and great mouth feel of this well structured wine.  You’ll get some initial cracked pepper senses along with hints of vanilla. You’ll note moderate tannins with a lingering spiciness that enjoys sticking around a while. Like it? Have some more as this one may actually make you a Zin lover in case you haven’t found that right Zinfandel blend to meet your high expectations. You’ll even note the bottle looks very cool and is quite fitting for Fall’s celebrations with the old gnarly vine painted on it in lovely Autumnal shades. Sip, Enjoy…Repeat!

IMG_8089 - Carol Shelton Wines - Wild Thing Old Vine Zinfandel - 2013