Inky ruby color. Exotically perfumed aromas of dark berries, smoked meat, violet and cracked pepper are underscored by tangy minerals. With its fresh red and dark berry flavors and sexy spice and floral character, this reminds me of a Crozes-Hermitage from Alain Graillot. The brisk finish features impressive lift and length. This is a superb value. (ST)
If arguably less than keenly focused on Syrah varietal character, this wine is nonetheless loaded with ripe, berryish fruit seasoned with notes of dried violets and creamy oak. It is supple, almost to the point of plushness on the palate before running into brawny tannins towards the back. Its fruit hangs on without let up and makes believers out of us.
Mike Officer is quickly rising to the top of the qualitative pyramid when it comes to Zinfandel, and, more recently, Petite Sirah and Syrah....Carlisle's 2007s reveal that vintage's luscious fruit. Syrah should be selling better in the marketplace than it does. Perhaps consumers are confused by the ocean of cheap Shiraz from Australia, and fail to recognize how much quality California Syrah offers. Carlisle's Syrahs are all noteworthy efforts. Brilliant winemaking, a highly committed proprietor, and extraordinarily fair prices make Carlisle a no-brainer for wine consumers looking for fun. (RP)
Complex, well-balanced and understated, offering a mix of dried berry, currant, berry jam, anise and sage that are full-bodied and supported by firm tannins. Decant. (JL)
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