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Carlisle Zinfandel Sonoma County 2012

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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)

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Editorial Reviews for Carlisle Zinfandel Sonoma County

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065212,783
4.50 5
07/14/2014

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


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065212,783
4.00 5
Vintage: 2011 03/20/2013

Fresh berries and creamy vanilla make for an attractive if simple nose. This pops on entry, with bright tart strawberry that shows fine focus and picks up a touch of wild raspberry and subtle spice on the mid-palate. While showing a certain sense of delicacy and a lovely texture, this is a touch simple. 89 points


Member Reviews for Carlisle Zinfandel Sonoma County

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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065212,783
4.70 5
07/14/2014

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: Bigturk
19454224
2.50 5
Vintage: 2007 06/10/2009

Two and a half glasses


Snooth User: Bigturk
19454224
4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 06/10/2009

Four glasses


Snooth User: Bigturk
19454224
4.00 5
Vintage: 2004 06/10/2009

Four glasses


Snooth User: Jondotli
19440728
5.00 5
Vintage: 2003 07/03/2009

Five glasses


External Reviews for Carlisle Zinfandel Sonoma County

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/20/2014

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.


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/20/2014

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.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
07/17/2014

Dark and jammy, with black raspberry and fruit cake aromas and luscious flavors of blackberry, licorice and smoky cracked pepper. Drink now through 2020.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 09/28/2010

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... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Zinfandel wine from California in USA. 2007 Carlisle Winery Zinfandel Sonoma County 750ml



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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)

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