The 2014 Zinfandel Hayne Vineyard is a deep, powerful wine. Rich, ample and exquisitely layered, the 2014 exudes class and pedigree. Sweet red cherry, pine, mint, sweet tobacco and cedar add aromatic nuance, but it is the wine's texture and depth that are the main signatures. The 2014 has a very bright future. Sadly, this is the last vintage of Hayne for Carlisle, as Mike Officer lost access to the fruit. (AG) 94+
I’ll just briefly summarize the 2014s. It was the earliest vintage ever for Mike Officer and probably he’ll beat that early harvest record in 2015. In this case, he was finished by October 6, which was a first, and it will be interesting to see if he eclipses that in 2015, which was looking even earlier. The production levels were relatively abundant for Mike Officer and the wines fruit-forward, although softer and less reserved than some of the 2013s. While not quite as opaque in color, they are loaded with fruit, supple and luscious. The only white wine, the Grüner Veltliner Steiner Vineyard, makes an appearance in 2014, and it’s another beauty – it’s crisp and the only wine in bottle. The other wines all stood out and will, no doubt, merit outstanding ratings across the board for their intensity, richness, and full-bodied power. If you already know what Mike Officer does, and the style of his wines, you won’t be disappointed in his 2014s. You may even like them as much as any vintage, given the fact that this year shows a lot of up-front fruit and charm. (RP)
Plump and supple, with a sense of richness and depth that builds as this develops, offering expressive notes of wild berry, briary black pepper and bay leaf. Drink now through 2028. 301 cases made. (TF)
This is the last vintage from this site from this producer: a sad farewell that doesn't hold back on ripeness or full-figured body. Lush and soft on the palate, it has a strong sense of self, etched in black cherry, chocolate mint and firm tannin. Sock it away and best enjoy beginning in 2024. *Cellar Selection* (VB)
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