2019 Carol Shelton ‘Wild Thing’ Viognier
Beautiful nose of white flowers (jasmine, gardenia and honeysuckle) mingled with pretty green tea, grapefruit and orange zest aromas, only a light kiss of creamy vanilla oak toast. Super crisp acidity without being puckery tart, just pinpoint balanced with trace of sweetness and creaminess from oak. Juicy, mouth-watering Honey-crisp apple and citrus, green peach fruit.
Great structure to pair with lemon-butter shrimp or Thai food or even to drink solo.
NAME2019 Carol Shelton ‘Wild Thing’ Viognier
COUNTRY OF ORIGINUSA
ABOUT THE WINERY
n 1981, Carol began working for Rodney Strong and Windsor Vineyards. During her 19-year stint as winemaker at Windsor, Carol had the opportunity to bottle 45 different wines each year, ranging from sparkling wines to port, with Zinfandel coming up as her favorite wine time and time again. It was the unpretentiousness and range of flavors that drew Carol further into the exploration of Zinfandel. This included making various Zinfandels from different growing regions and allowing the terroir to speak through the wine.
Then in 2000, at the urging of Carol’s husband Mitch, she decided to start her own winery, acting as President and Winemaker. However – starting out independently wasn’t easy and it certainly wasn’t cheap. Carol recalls her first vintage for her eponymous label: “We only had enough money to buy the fruit and barrels and make the wine. We came up with the idea of selling barrel futures during that first year, and at the time our customers didn’t know it, but they paid for the glass in which the first vintage of my wine was bottled.” Some of those first supporters that bought barrel futures are still loyal club members at Carol Shelton Wines, and Carol is forever grateful for their early and continued support over the years.
Carol Shelton has won Winemaker of the Year five times, has countless gold medals for her wines and was named one of eight Pioneer Women Winemakers of Sonoma County in 2005. She continues to win awards and accolades – her 2011 Wild Thing Zinfandel was included in the Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2014.
With many harvests under her belt and her passion for winemaking still strong, Carol Shelton has become an iconic woman winemaker. For Carol, the best is yet to come.