This gorgeous Syrah has amazing complexity, depth and concentration, gushing with pure, rich wild berry, blackberry and boysenberry fruit that’s simply delicious right now. Holds its tight focus and gains depth and nuance, with pepper, spice and savory flavors. *#17 on Top 100 of 2009* (JL)
The dense purple-colored 2007 Syrah Papa's Block offers up sweet aromas of charcoal, blackberries, creme de cassis, flowers, and incense. Like all of these Syrahs, it possesses a layered texture, terrific purity, and a long, velvety-textured finish. Mike Officer is quickly rising to the top of the qualitative pyramid when it comes to Zinfandel, and, more recently, Petite Sirah and Syrah. Working from old vine Zinfandel vineyards in Dry Creek, Sonoma, and Russian River, he is giving some of Napa’s top-notch Zinfandel producers, such as Biale and Turley, a run for their money. Starting as a home winemaker in 1998, Officer is now zeroing in on a 5,000 case production of wines that are poster children for hedonism and exuberant joy. Carlisle’s 2007s reveal that vintage’s luscious fruit. Syrah should be selling better in the marketplace than it does. Perhaps consumers are confused by the ocean of cheap Shiraz from Australia, and fail to recognize how much quality California Syrah offers. Carlisle’s Syrahs are all noteworthy efforts. Brilliant winemaking, a highly committed proprietor, and extraordinarily fair prices make Carlisle a no-brainer for wine consumers looking for fun. (RP)
Inky ruby. Ripe, expansive aromas of blackberry liqueur, cola, gingerbread and licorice. Fleshy dark fruit flavors coat the palate and are given structure by big, velvety tannins. Carrying a lot of weight but there's good energy to the wine's deep fruit, too. The finish repeats the gingerbread and cola notes and offers very good persistence. (ST)
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