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Carlisle Vineyard Russian River Valley Zinfandel 2013

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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.

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External Reviews for Carlisle Vineyard Russian River Valley Zinfandel

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Vintage: 2007 11/25/2011

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.


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Vintage: 2007 11/25/2011

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 5-7 years.


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Vintage: 2007 05/22/2011

Bright ruby. Compelling fresh, spicy bouquet of raspberry, blackberry and dried flowers. Firm, sharply focused dark berry flavors are framed by fine-grained tannins, picking up a spicy quality with air. No excess fat on this elegant, balanced zin, which finishes with gentle grip and excellent persistence.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 11/25/2011

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 wouldn't hesitate to drink this sexy wine now but I'd bet it will reward another four or five years of patience.


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Vintage: 2007 05/22/2011

The 2007 Zinfandel Sonoma exhibits loads of briery, berry fruit, a big kiss of licorice as well as spice, and no hard edges. Plenty of glycerin, a heady, succulent mouthfeel, and abundant pleasure giving qualities make this a fun wine to drink in its first 4-5 years of life.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 05/22/2011

Ruby-red. Reticent nose hints at framboise without obvious sweetness. Dense on entry, with blackberry, licorice and floral flavors framed and enlivened by bright acidity. Boasts considerable extract and power. A mouthfilling, tannic zinfandel that's big but not overly sweet. This was aged in 33% new French oak, a bit more than was used for the other 2003 zins here.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 05/22/2011

Produced from a vineyard planted in 1927, the dark plum/ruby-hued 2003 Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard (86% Zinfandel and 14% Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouchet, Carignan, and who knows what else) displays tremendous power allied with surprising elegance and finesse - a nearly impossible combination for old vine Zinfandel made in a pedal-to-the-metal style. Nevertheless, the use of French oak, massaging of this rustic varietal into something with finesse and elegance (the secret is probably the old vines), and bottling without filtration, has resulted in a wine with gorgeous blackberry, raspberry, peppery notes, refreshing, vibrant acidity, huge depth, and a multilayered palate. This superb Zinfandel should last for 5-7 years.


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