Carlisle Syrah "Pelkan Ranch" Knights Valley 2009

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Rich with dark fruit and nutty oak aromas that add layers of espresso foam, lingonberries, black pepper and green citron peel. Smooth on entry, this shows real muscle in the mouth, though with a sinewy texture this is darkly fruited and decisive. Full of slightly roasted, cocoa-dusted dried berry and dried date fruit, but the mid-palate hits with remarkably balancing austerity. The balance here is the best among Carlisle's 2006 syrahs and the texture of this wine is fabulous. There's a hint of heat here, not what one might expect from 15.9 percent. The fruit retains excellent detail, even if it is dark and roasted. The finish shows a bit of a brighter fruit character, with wild cherry and candied cranberry elements extending over the spicy base of oak that pops on the finale. Halfway to maturity, I'd wait another two or three years to see where this goes but it is drinking quite well already for those who like taut, austere wines. 91pts

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Editorial Reviews for Carlisle Syrah "Pelkan Ranch" Knights Valley

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 11/02/2012

Rich with dark fruit and nutty oak aromas that add layers of espresso foam, lingonberries, black pepper and green citron peel. Smooth on entry, this shows real muscle in the mouth, though with a sinewy texture this is darkly fruited and decisive. Full of slightly roasted, cocoa-dusted dried berry and dried date fruit, but the mid-palate hits with remarkably balancing austerity. The balance here is the best among Carlisle's 2006 syrahs and the texture of this wine is fabulous. There's a hint of heat here, not what one might expect from 15.9 percent. The fruit retains excellent detail, even if it is dark and roasted. The finish shows a bit of a brighter fruit character, with wild cherry and candied cranberry elements extending over the spicy base of oak that pops on the finale. Halfway to maturity, I'd wait another two or three years to see where this goes but it is drinking quite well already for those who like taut, austere wines. 91pts




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