Carlisle Zinfandel Sonoma County 2012
91-93 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): Carlisle's 2012 Zinfandel is a stunning wine and a great value, to boot. Exuberant, juicy and ripe to the core, the 2012 is bursting with personality, intensity and pure pleasure. Close your eyes. Anywhere else in the world, this wine would sell for twice as much. Mike Officer and Jay Maddox have done a fabulous job here. Look at some of the vineyards in this blend; Zinfandel and Petite Sirah from Rossi Ranch, Zinfandel from Banfield Ranch, plus barrels of Zinfandel from Montafi and Sodini (which could have been bottled separately), all from sites planted between 1881 and 1910. Incredible. Drink: 2015-2020. (Feb 2014)
Editorial Reviews for Carlisle Zinfandel Sonoma County
My 1st place wine, the group’s 4th A bit creamy on the nose but very deep and perfumy with hints of toasty spice, briar, and orange oil supporting sweet, slightly plummy and leathery fruit. Supple, with a nice blend of power and freshness, this is bright and zesty on the palate, full of black raspberry fruit and gorgeously detailed leather, plum skin, wood spice and creamy coffee notes that stick to the palate and linger on the long finish. Absolutely ready to go and delicious. 93pts
Four and a half glasses
External Reviews for Carlisle Zinfandel Sonoma County
Vivid ruby. Emphatically fruity nose displays scents of ripe boysenberry, plum and cherry, with a touch of dried rose adding complexity. On the palate, silky dark berry and floral pastille flavors put on weight with air. Finishes on a mocha note, with gripping tannins adding structure. As usual, this bottling delivers outstanding value.
Dark and jammy, with black raspberry and fruit cake aromas and luscious flavors of blackberry, licorice and smoky cracked pepper. Drink now through 2020.
The least expensive offering is the gorgeous 2012 Zinfandel Sonoma, which comes from many different sources, but all are old vine Zinfandel and the so-called Mixed Black vineyards that were planted by Italian immigrants, usually in the late 1800s and early 1900s (prior to Prohibition). This is a 1,000-case cuvee whose vines were planted between 1881 and 1926. A dense ruby color is followed by copious aromas of brambleberries, black cherries, spice box and pepper. This pure, full-bodied (14.8% alcohol) Zinfandel hits the palate with loads of hedonistic joy. Consume this beautiful Zinfandel during its first 3–4 years of life.