From Mendocino Ridge, the 2013 Zinfandel DuPratt Vineyard is one of the few Carlisle Zins that is 100% Zinfandel. It carries its 15.6% natural alcohol naturally, with no heat or harshness. It is an elegant, nearly Pinot Noir-like red in its delicacy and grace. Medium-bodied with beautiful ripeness, crisp, tart acids, and a refreshing, cool climate-like character, it offers a complete contrast to the Russian River and Sonoma Zinfandels. Drink now-2020. One of the great success stories in Northern California is the genesis of Carlisle Winery, whose owner, Mike Officer, began as a wine hobbiest / software developer and grew into a full-time wine producer who has done more to save head-pruned, old-vine Zinfandel vineyards than anyone else in the United States. He built his reputation on full-flavored red wines and continues to fine-tune these beauties, often field blends of what are generically referred to as “mixed blacks” planted primarily by Italian immigrants prior to Prohibition.
The 2013 Zinfandel DuPratt Vineyard is one of the most intensely aromatic and eccentric wines in the range. Pine, mint, cinnamon, game, smoke, juniper berries and dark red cherries all lift from the glass as this crystalline, pure Mendocino Zinfandel shows off its compelling personality. This cool-climate vineyard planted in 1920 was the last to be harvested. (AG)
Smooth in tannins, this vineyard-designate is also sharp in crisp red cherry and strawberry, leaning into brighter, vibrant flavors that temper the underlying power. Visions of homemade berry cobbler with a side of bacon flit through its bouquet, ending velvety and alive. (VB)
Deeply flavored, this Zin balances a distinctive personality with a plush texture. Aromas of huckleberry and wild sassafras lead to complex flavors of raspberry, allspice and cracked pepper. Drink now through 2023. (TF)
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