2017 Carol Shelton Zinfandel 'Rocky Reserve"
Dry Creek Valley, California
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!
HARVEST DATE: September 10, 2017
AVERAGE TA/PH AT HARVEST: TA 0.80 gm/100ml pH: 3.60
FERMENTATION CHARACTERISTICS: 5 days cold soak prior to ferment All fermented in 1 ton bins, 10% bleed, Hand-punched down twice daily 15 days total on skins
CELLAR STORAGE/AGING: 18 months in barrels: 25% new French 25% new American 25% new Hungarian 25% 2yr old French
VARIETAL: 87% Zinfandel, 13% Petite Sirah
APPELLATION: 100% Florence Vineyard Rockpile / Dry Creek Valley
92 points, Wine Spectator.
"Spirited and briary, yet retains a sense of refinement. Expressive black cherry, rose petal and cracked pepper flavors pick up speed toward fine-grained tannins. Drink now through 2028."