Deep ruby. Captivating aromas of red- and blackcurrant, smoked meat, olive and minerals remind me of a serious Cote-Rotie. Rich black raspberry and cassis flavors are complicated by cracked pepper, olive and candied violet, with silky tannins lending support and focus. The floral qualities gain strength on the finish, which is strikingly focused and very long. (ST)
The dense purple-hued 2007 Syrah Cardiac Hill reveals sweet aromas of white flowers (acacia), blackberries, and cassis. Elegant, dense, and full-bodied with velvety tannins and a layered, textured mouthfeel, it should drink well for 6-10 years. One of California's most compelling success stories is Mike Officer's conversion from full-time software developer to full-time guardian of old vine Zinfandel vineyards and world-class producer of artisinal wines. Carlisle is a hugely successful winery, not only because of outstanding customer service, but because of the simple fact that it delivers great wines at extremely fair prices... The 2007 Syrahs (all 100% Syrah) showcase not only Mike Officer's uncanny knack for ferreting out top terroirs for Syrah, but also his artisinal, hands-off winemaking philosophy that seems to coax the finest characteristics out of all his vineyard sources. (RP)
Fresh, vibrant, complex and full-bodied, with a mix of dried berry, bacon fat, sage and savory herb scents. This slowly unfolds to reveal depth, concentration and persistence. (JL)
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