Carol Shelton Old Vine Carignane 2015
Back to the future at last! Carol used the vibrant red Carignane from these 60+ year old dry-farmed and head-trained vines at her long stint as winemaker at Windsor Vineyards, and now they have come “back home to mama!” These are our last grapes to harvest every year, but the resulting wine is well worth the wait.
Wow—big smoky-caramel oakiness on a deep razzberry fruit core. Creamy in mouth, a bit of brown spices-nutmeg/cinnamon, with lively acidity, good depth of fruit without being jammy or overripe. Lingering razzberry-chocolate finish, great with pork tenderloin, strawberry salad or even grilled salmon!
All bin-fermented (2 different yeasts) and hand punched down for a total of 12 days on skins, including 3 days cold soak pre-fermentation.
19 months in oak barrels: 50% new American and 50% neutral American.
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