Old Vine Mendocino Zinfandel is a treasure. Grown on the benchlands and slopes of mountainsides — this wild-looking old vine Zinfandel offers fruit that winemaker Carol Shelton, with her 35+ years of experience and creativity, has transformed into a wine that is concentrated yet soft, creamy and full of flavor. Our Wild Thing Zinfandel was named for these wild- looking vines and also for the uninoculated, or “wild,” yeast ferment that was used to create it. It takes a lot of effort to tame this wild fruit, but it is worth all the trouble.
Aromas of black cherry, plum and raspberry fruit combine with a beautiful hint of vanilla-oak loveliness, smoothly textured in mouth, very creamy and round, the finish is long and has lush jammy fruit — this wine is dangerously good! Remember – you are what you drink ….
- October 19-28, 2012
Average TA/pH at Harvest:
- 0.50 gm/100ml pH 3.71
- Uninoculated yeast fermentation,which took 5 days to start (cold soak!) for total of 16 days on skins.
Déléstaged (pronounced 'del-ess-TAHJd) six times before 12 Brix
- 15 months in a mix of American and French barrels
-- 20% were new or one-year old
- 83% old vine Zinfandel, 15% old vine Carignane, 2% Petite Sirah
***Sustainably farmed and organically grown
- 92% Mendocino County, 4% Sonoma County, 4% Lodi
- April 1, 2014