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Wild Thing Old Vine Zinfandel

Wild Thing Old Vine Zinfandel – Exciting Zin from Mendocino

Wild Thing is wildly good at wildly good price – $13.99

I have long been a fan of the Wild Thing Old Vine Zinfandel and winemaker Carol Shelton. Carol Shelton is also known as the “Queen of Zinfandel.” Carol produces several great Zins including this 2014 vintage of the Wild Thing Old Vine Zinfandel. I found this latest vintage of the Wild Thing at the Nob Hill Market in Redwood Shores for $13.99, if you mix-or-match six wines or more. Nob Hill is one of the Raley’s Family of Fine Stores. Raley’s is Wine Enthusiast’s 2016 Wine Retailer of the Year.

The 2014 Wild Thing Old Vine Zinfandel is 80% Zinfandel, 10% Carignane, 9% Petite Sirah, and 1% Alicante Bouschet. The name “Wild Thing” is coined because of the wild look of the 60-year-old Mendocino Zinfandel vines. The juice is uninoculated, fermented with its natural, or wild yeast. These vineyards in Mendocino are organic and sustainable.

According to Wine-Searcher.com, the average price for the 2014 Wild Thing Old Vine Zinfandel is $20. 11,600 cases were produced. When the 2013 vintage was in stock, Safeway and Costco carried the Wild Thing. Let us know if you see the Wild Thing Zin in stores and wine shops and what the price is.

I am scoring the 2014 Wild Thing Old Vine Zinfandel at 89 Points. For those of you who like the big, jammy Zinfandels, this wine is not for you. It is restrained in style and a versatile food wine, a tamed “Wild Thing.” See spec sheet on the 2014 Wild Thing Old Vine Zinfandel

My tasting notes – 2014 Wild Thing Old Vine Zinfandel

  • Medium-bodied Zinfandel
  • Nice touch of spice gives the wine some zestiness and excitement
  • A mix of red and dark fruit flavors
  • Fruitiness abounds, but not jammy intense
  • Lovely finish to this wine

Foods we like with 2014 Wild Thing Old Vine Zinfandel

  • Pesto pasta or pizza
  • Roast chicken
  • Pork tenderloin or chops with  a light spice sauce
  • A good cocktail wine for red wine lovers

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