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2009 Carlisle - Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SONOMA
  • 94 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 94 IWC
  • Variety
    Zinfandel
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SKU: 93025-2009-750-3A
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    Dense and brooding, with floral boysenberry and licorice aromas and deep, layered flavors of tart blueberry, fresh sage and mineral. Tannins are big but ripe. Needs time.
    Author: Tim Fish
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    Opaque violet. Room-filling aromas of blackberry, mulberry, Moroccan spices and incense. Then wonderfully bright and sappy in the mouth, with lively acidity giving shape and lift to the intense flavors of dark berries, candied flowers and spicecake. I find this wine utterly hypnotic. Finishes with superb spicy persistence and serious power. Officer told me that 7% of the grapes used for this wine were alicante bouschet, grand noir, petite sirah, peloursin, tempranillo and various other mixed blacks.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: May/June 2011
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

    The 2009 Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard shows gorgeous purity in its freshly cut roses, sweet red cherries, tobacco, leather and sweet herbs. Here the profile tends towards the redder end of the spectrum. This cooler site within the Russian River yields wines with bright acidity and plenty of freshness. The vines were originally planted in 1927, with 93% Zinfandel and roughly 7% other red varieties.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Self | Rating: 94

    OMG this was so good. Carlisle is making the best Zins. So glad I am on the list.
    Author: minnowboy
  • Self | Rating: 97

    This was popped and poured. After 20 minutes the nose arrived with a passion. teriffic. Again, a big wine but the heat was absent. Dark fruit and garrigue on the nose morphed to a complex wave of black cherry, spice and a bright, clean finish. One. of. the. best. zins. I. have. ever. had!
    Author: VinoDeparture

California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Zinfandel is native to Croatia but today is regarded as California’s signature variety. It is made in a range of styles, the best of which are full-bodied wines with high alcohol and aromas of red and black fruit, dried berry, cardamom, anise, smoke, and black pepper. Look to producers Turley, Martinelli, and Ridge for some of the best examples of California Zin.

Zinfandel’s full body and high alcohol require a strong dish to pair, and curries, spiced barbeque, light meats, and hard cheeses make great choices.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 153 bottles owned
  • 48 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 96
    (Out of 48 collectors)