*Editors' Choice* This is a mix of Mourvédre, Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouschet, Syrah, Carignane and Peloursin from a two-acre site planted long ago. Smoky and yet pretty in rose, orange and mushroomy earth, it maintains a steady streak of raspberry, blackberry, leather and licorice. (VB)
Carlisle's 2012 Red Wine Two Acres is showing beautifully today. The flavors are bright and beautifully focused in this vintage. Orange peel, crushed rocks and cranberries all take shape in the glass. The 2012 is rich and concentrated, but also wonderfully vibrant on the palate. There is a lot to look forward to here. In 2012, the usual complement of grapes is back, led by Mourvèdre, with dollops of Petite Sirah, Syrah, Carignane and Alicante Bouschet. I tasted a stunning range of wines during my recent visit to Carlisle. Proprietor Mike Officer and his winemaker/viticulturist Jay Maddox have recently moved into a new, barn-like winery in Windsor stacked to the ceiling with barrels. Carlisle specializes in old-vine Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Syrahs, most of which come from old-vine, heritage sites planted by Italian immigrants going back to the late 1800s. (AG)
Bright purple. Sexy, floral aromas of black and blue fruits, potpourri and peppery spices. Supple and appealingly sweet, offering juicy boysenberry and blueberry flavors and a hint of spicecake. Becomes more energetic with air and finishes tangy, focused and quite long, with smooth tannins coming on late. (ST)
Consistently one of my favorite wines from Mike Officer is his Proprietary Red Two Acres, which comes from an old-field blend dominated by Mourvèdre (78%) and the rest small quantities of Petite Sirah, Syrah, Carignane, Peloursin and Alicante Bouchet. The delicious, Rhône Ranger-styled 2012 Proprietary Red Two Acres saw no new oak, and was bottled unfined and unfiltered, and achieved 14.8% natural alcohol. It possesses supple tannins (always a challenge with Mourvèdre) as well as lots of new saddle leather, blueberry, black raspberry, earth and Mediterranean herb notes. (RP)
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