The 2005 Zinfandel Tom Feeney Ranch, which is 89% Zinfandel and 11% mixed blacks (Alicante and Petite Sirah) tips the scales at a whopping 15.9% alcohol, so Mike Officer must have picked unbelievably late in this cool year to get that kind of maturity. The wine displays some black raspberry and cherry with some underlying soil notes as well as hints of white chocolate, pepper, and spice. (RP)
Dense and concentrated, with blueberry and licorice aromas and deep blackberry, black pepper and tar flavors that finish with slightly earthy yet firm and well-structured tannins. Needs time to unwind. (JL)
*One Star* There is never any doubt about where the Carlisle folks stand on the high alcohol debate that is all the rage in wine circles these days. This batch of bottlings is about as concentrated as it gets, and that is just how the winery likes it. There is simply no faulting this effort for its concentrated, sweet, berryish fruit because it is the fruit that keeps this wine in the hunt for high honors. Depth trumps heat here, and while the wine would not be a mealtime choice for our table, there are those who will be happy to pair it up with savory roasts and sausages.
Deep ruby. Smoky cherry and plum compote aromas with complicating notes of smoked meat, licorice and espresso. Dense and chewy, with powerful bitter cherry and dark berry flavors and an exotic hint of cocoa powder. Really muscular right now, finishing with firm tannins and a touch of cracked pepper. (ST)
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