From a site planted in 1880, the 2011 Zinfandel Martinelli Road Vineyard jumps from the glass with a burst of sweet red cherries, flowers and mint. Ripe, silky tannins lend an element of total grace and exquisite overall harmony. In 2011 the Martinelli Road is impeccably polished. Floral notes give the finish an attractive lifted quality that is undeniably appealing. This is dazzling! Anticipated maturity: 2016-2026. Proprietor Mike Officer arrived with a bevy of wines for our tasting, all of which I was thrilled to sample. Readers who don’t think terroir exists in California should check out the Carlisle Zinfandels and Syrahs, many of which emerge from old-vine, heritage sites that nearly disappeared until Officer and some of his peers rescued them from the brink of oblivion. In particular, the 2011 Zinfandels are fabulous. … Carlisle is resolute in keeping his wines affordable, a commendable approach I wish were more common throughout California. (AG)
Deep ruby. Powerful, smoke- and vanilla-accented aromas of candied red fruits and fresh flowers, with a peppery topnote. Rich but juicy and surprisingly animated on the palate, offering intense raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that are lifted and sharpened by tangy acidity. Slow-building tannins give shape to the persistent finish, which strongly echoes the raspberry note. (ST)
2016 Mengler "Rita's Block Alegria Vineyard" Russian River Valley Red Blend (Previously $50)
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