One of the more exotic wines in the range, the Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard is captivating from the very first taste. Orange peel, juniper berries and sandalwood all add complexity as the wine opens up in the glass. Here, too, the wine seems to change with every passing minute, revealing multiple shades of dimension over time. The deep, layered finish is incredibly inviting. (AG)
Opaque ruby. Vibrant, mineral-driven aromas of red and dark berries and potpourri, with an exotic touch of blood orange emerging with aeration. Offers spicy black raspberry and floral pastille flavors that put on weight with air while maintaining vivacity and focus. Shows unlikely finesse for its heft, finishing with excellent clarity and length and gentle tannic grip. (ST)
From a vineyard planted in 1927, the 2012 Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard (634 cases produced; 15.4% natural alcohol) is composed of 88% Zinfandel and the rest mixed blacks as well as a handful of such white varietals as Muscadelle, Malvasia and Muscat. Remarkably, Mike Officer told me over 30 varietals were planted in the 12% non-Zinfandel component in this wine. A big, sweet bouquet of black raspberries, blackberries, licorice, scorched earth and charcoal is present in this full-bodied, opulent, pure, well-made red that possesses a broad, savory mouthfeel. About 23% new French oak was used, and the wine was produced from tiny yields of 1.5 tons of fruit per acre. Drink now-2022. (RP)
This agilely balances bold fruit with a core of firm acidity and minerally tannins. Pomegranate, cherry and fresh anise aromas combine with focused flavors of blueberry, eucalyptus and cracked white pepper. Drink now through 2022.
This comes from the producer’s home vineyard site, planted originally in 1927 to a cacophony of varieties, most of which the winemaker himself is now able to identify. Subtle smoke and baked red berry and blackberry come to the fore on the nose and palate, muted at first, with an accent of orange, before building power and steam on the finish.
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