Carlisle Papera Ranch Zinfandel 2009
92-95 points Robert Parker: Another classic in the making, the 2009 Zinfandel Papera Ranch demonstrates just how elegant Zinfandel can be with its kirsch and raspberry notes that resemble Grenache more than Zinfandel. There is terrific fruit on the attack and mid-palate, full body and good purity. Moreover, the wood component is pushed to the background. This 2009 should be delicious young and last 4-5 years. (Feb 2011)
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Jammy black raspberry and smoked pepper aromas lead to dense yet zesty cherry, sage and anise flavors that still carry ripe but firm tannins on the finish. Drink now through 2017.
The 2009 Zinfandel Papera Ranch is unique in that the vineyard was planted with 100% Zinfandel, which was quite unusual in 1934. Black cherries, plums, tobacco and new leather inform this plush, deeply satisfying Zinfandel. There is plenty of energy, depth and sheer power in the glass. Sweet candied notes are layered into the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2014–2024.
The 2009 Zinfandel Papera Ranch is unique in that the vineyard was planted with 100% Zinfandel, which was quite unusual in 1934. Black cherries, plums, tobacco and new leather inform this plush, deeply satisfying Zinfandel. There is plenty of energy, depth and sheer power in the glass. Sweet candied notes are layered into the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2014ndash;2024.
A real knockout. Bold and intense yet complex, with ripe cherry fruit deftly balanced by vibrant acidity. Offers floral aromas with notes of black raspberry, pepper and lingering Asian spice that lead to full but fleshy tannins. Drink now through 2015.
Glass-staining purple. A compelling bouquet of black raspberry, blueberry, sandalwood incense and potpourri is strikingly pure and expansive. Deep, energetic red and dark berry flavors manage to be both powerful and graceful, with silky tannins providing structure and back-end grip. I wouldnrsquo;t hesitate to drink this sexy wine now but Irsquo;d bet it will reward another four or five years of patience.
Opaque purple. Sexy aromas of blackberry, smoky herbs, rose oil and licorice are supported by a lively mineral undertone. Plush and expansive, with a pliant, silky texture to the intensely spicy black and blue fruit and violet pastille flavors. This shows excellent concentration and gets into every nook and cranny of the palate. Finishes sweet, with outstanding persistence and firm tannic grip, echoing the blue fruit note.
The 2007 Zinfandel Papera Ranch is a combination of 93% Zinfandel and 7% mixed blacks. Although slightly less substantial than the Montafi Ranch and Carlisle Vineyard, it offers up elegant notes of blueberries, raspberries, crushed rocks, and white flowers. This is a pure, rich, concentrated Zinfandel to enjoy over the next 5ndash;7 years.