Carlisle Red Rhone Blend Russian River Valley Two Acres 2008

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One of the curiosities that Mike Officer produces, and a wonderful one at that, is his 2006 Two Acres, a remarkable wine that, in this vintage, is a blend of 75% Mourvedre, 10% Petite Sirah, 8% Carignan, the rest Syrah and Alicante Bouschet. From a vineyard planted in 1910 with yields of 1.7 tons of fruit per acre, this is high-octane Mourvedre with amazing notes of smoked game, beef blood, ground pepper, blueberry, and that classic Mourvedre smell of damp tree bark. A full-bodied, powerful, and distinctive wine that is filled with soul and personality, it is amazing. I am sure it will age well for at least a decade, but who could resist it for that long?

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Variety: Mourvèdre
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External Reviews for Carlisle Red Rhone Blend Russian River Valley Two Acres

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Vintage: 2007 05/19/2011

One of the curiosities that Mike Officer produces, and a wonderful one at that, is his 2006 Two Acres, a remarkable wine that, in this vintage, is a blend of 75% Mourvedre, 10% Petite Sirah, 8% Carignan, the rest Syrah and Alicante Bouschet. From a vineyard planted in 1910 with yields of 1.7 tons of fruit per acre, this is high-octane Mourvedre with amazing notes of smoked game, beef blood, ground pepper, blueberry, and that classic Mourvedre smell of damp tree bark. A full-bodied, powerful, and distinctive wine that is filled with soul and personality, it is amazing. I am sure it will age well for at least a decade, but who could resist it for that long?


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Vintage: 2007 05/19/2011

I have always loved Mike Officer's Two Acres proprietary red, and the 2007 (a blend of 84% Mourvedre and the rest Petite Sirah, Carignan, Alicante Bouchet, and Syrah) is a surprisingly feminine, elegant effort. It would be fascinating to put this wine in a line-up of grand cru red Burgundies given its almost Pinot Noir-like characteristics of forest floor, mushrooms, smoky, and subtle meaty barbecue notes. Blue and red fruits dominate this remarkably suave red that must be tasted to be believed. Even the most talented taster would probably not guess that there is 84% Mourvedre in the blend.



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