2017 Carol Shelton Wines Coquille Blanc

White Rhone Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Central Coast
  • Paso Robles
Drink between 2019 - 2023 (Edit)
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  • Hi.its.Don.4.Wine Likes this wine: 91 points

    August 18, 2020 - In my purview as a wine reviewer, I use reviews and scores many a time to both decide on wines to purchase as well as to compare notes from others doing the same as me.

    This particular wine drew my interest for its attainment of the 41st wine on Wine Spectators Top 100 wines for 2019, a 93 Point score, and a Best Buy recommendation. Along with that, it could be considered a domestic equivalent of a white Rhone wine, a style I love especially when the blend contains a healthy dose of Grenache Blanc.

    Coming from Paso Robles and the Nevarez Vineyard which lies on the eastern bench above the Salinas River and along the western edge of the Estrella Bench between San Miguel and Paso Robles, the fruit, a blend of Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Viognier, and Marsanne, is 100% barrel fermented and allowed only 50% malolactic fermentation, it also spends about 9 months in predominantly neutral French oak barrels.

    The aromas are clean and fresh with citrus and a slight nuttiness comingling with a spritz of minerality. Describing white Rhone wines can sometimes be a little challenging, at least when I’m writing about them, as they have a varied flavor that if you’re not accustomed, you may find not as precise as say a Sauvignon Blanc or a Chardonnay. Roussanne can add a herbal quality and Marsanne helps build structure; that is why I like a healthy dose of Grenache Blanc to balance those grapes with a fruit component. The combination, in this case, leads to a crisp and bright wine with nice acidity along with honey, ginger, and mineral nuances along with a slight creaminess on the finish. I recommend drinking this style of wine not as cold as you would other white wines. Flavors and substances tend to become less evident when too cold.

    The wine complemented my dinner of Seared Chicken Breast with Polenta and Broccoli wonderfully. Priced right around $25, this is a great wine, especially if you’re a little bit adventurous and you can drink a white wine a little warmer.


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  • Château de Farmer Likes this wine: 86 points

    July 12, 2020 - Liked this, but super overrated both on CT and in pro scores. It's a nice wine, fresh, versatile, easy, but no real depth or body. Not a "simple" wine, but not much above it. Could convince me blind that it was a pinot grigio (albeit a higher quality one). Decent value, but there are other white Rhones and Spanish whites that come in $5-10 cheaper that easily outdrink this.

  • WineTally Likes this wine:

    September 7, 2019 - Rhone Style Blend: 46% Grenache Blanc, 24% Roussanne, 24% Viognier and 6% Marsanne
    from Nevarez Vineyard in Paso Robles, all sustainably grown.
    100% barrel fermented. ~50% finished malolactic.
    Aged 9 months in French oak (20% new).
    13.05% Abv. 1203 cases
    Proprietors: Carol Shelton and spouse Mitch Mackenzie

    A(ccuracy)=2: Med bright straw/gold. Enticing yet subtle aromatics.
    B(alance)=2: Modulated components with soft structure.
    C(omplexity)=3: Apple, pear, flowers, hints of nectar.
    D(epth)=2: Supple mouthfeel. Full palate and lingering finish.

    Wine Tally Score [2,2,3,2] = 9/10

    Multidimensional yet uncomplicated.

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  • dchaley Likes this wine: 92 points

    June 24, 2019 - Better second day and shows best as it warms. Complex, well balanced, excellent value.

  • davesmith1957 wrote:

    March 28, 2019 - 2017 rated 93 WS; $24

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2017
  • Type White
  • Producer Carol Shelton Wines
  • Varietal White Rhone Blend
  • Designation Coquille Blanc
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Central Coast
  • Appellation Paso Robles

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  • In Cellars 100 (43%)
  • Consumed 130 (57%)

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