Lot #33 H•L•R CELLARS, CAROL SHELTON WINES
NOT TOO PETITE
- Fountaingrove District 85%, Dry Creek Valley 15%
ABOUT THE WINE:
“Not Too Petite” is a barrel auction lot collaboration between H•L•R Cellars and Carol Shelton Wines, who have married two completely different varieties that are not usually blended. Steve Heller of H•L•R Cellars contributed a lovely barrel of Petite Verdot from his Fountaingrove vineyard, and it was given some pizazz with Carol Shelton’s Petite Sirah from Dry Creek Valley. These two “Petite” grapes blended together have created a wine that is big, bold and spicy – not at all petite!
H•L•R Cellars and Carol Shelton Wines are small, family-owned wineries where the wines are all handmade by the owners/winemakers. Both are charter members of the Fountaingrove District AVA association. H•L•R Cellars was established in 2012 by Steve and Joan Heller with a goal of producing estate grown and bottled wines that are delightful expressions of the vineyard’s outstanding mountain location. Carol experienced her first harvest in 1978 and after working with some big names in the industry in California and Australia, she started her own winery in 2000 and continues to produce award-winning wines.
After blending in February, the lot will age for an additional 4-6 months before bottling by hand. Expect spicy, peppery blackberry fruit layered onto softly herbal cherry pipe tobacco in the nose, a bit of vanilla-cocoa oak and bright berry fruit on the palate. It is structured well for ageability with a bit of youthful chewy tannins but will be fantastic with grilled ribeye soon!
WINEMAKER(S): Steve Heller (H•L•R Cellars), Carol Shelton (Carol Shelton Wines)
ESTIMATED BOTTLING DATE: July 2022
ESTIMATED SHIPPING DATE: November 2022
National Distribution: AL, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NY, NC, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY, Washington, DC
International Distribution: Please inquire for more information.