The 2011 Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard is plush, rich and inviting. All sorts of black fruits, smoke, tar and graphite flesh out in this supple, deeply expressive wine. In 2011 the Carlisle is notable for its lush, rich, totally inviting personality. At the same time, it has fabulous detail and nuance for such a big, explosive wine. The tannins remain firm, but there is more than enough density in the fruit to provide balance. (AG)
Inky purple. Heady scents of black raspberry, boysenberry, incense and candied violet, along with subtle notes of black pepper and olive tapenade. This smells a lot like syrah. Lush, spicy and expansive, offering powerful black and blue fruit compote flavors and exotic floral and spice qualities. Clings impressively on the youthfully tannic finish, repeating the blue fruit and floral notes. (ST)
The 2011 Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard takes hold of all the senses and never lets up. I imagine the blend in this parcel, a classic 'mixed blacks' field blend of as many as 40 grapes, is a big reason there is so much nuance and complexity here. All the elements come together beautifully in the glass. Bright aromatics, delineated fruit and firm yet nicely integrated tannins all come together gracefully. There is little question, the 2011 Zinfandel Carlisle is the finest wine in this range today. The 2011 has come together beautifully since I tasted it from barrel last year. The blend is 88% Zinfandel and 12% mixed blacks. (AG)
Tightly wound, but with brooding dried cherry and herb aromas and smoky boysenberry, bay leaf and white pepper flavors that finish with tart acidity and minerally tannins. (TF, Web-2014)
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