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2009 Carlisle - Zinfandel Gold Mine Ranch

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SONOMA
  • 92 WA
  • 90 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • Variety
    Zinfandel

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SKU: 205380-2009-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    (15.4% alcohol and just 8% new oak): Opaque ruby. Intensely perfumed bouquet of black raspberry, dried rose, star anise and cracked pepper, plus a hint of anise that gains strength with air. Juicy, seductively sweet and penetrating red and dark berry flavors are lifted by zesty minerality, with the floral and anise notes picking up steam with air. Finishes very long, with excellent clarity and a touch of smokiness to the echoing red fruit notes.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: May/June 2011
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

    A tightly focused Zin, with raspberry and white pepper aromas that follow through to layered, refined flavors of black cherry and anise. Finishes with ripe, yet minerally, tannins.
    Drink Dates: 2013-2017
    Author: Tim Fish
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

    Another good value, although not at the level of his Sonoma Zinfandel, is the 2009 Zinfandel Gold Mine Ranch from Dry Creek. A blend of 98% Zinfandel from 95-year old vines and 2% Carignan, it exhibits meaty, earthy, underbrush notes intermixed with briery red and black fruits. This sexy, soft, round, full-bodied wine should be drunk in its first 4-5 years of life.
    Drink Dates: 2011-2016
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 88

    Good Zin. not my favorite from Carlisle. Lacks the rich fruit compared to other zins from this producer. Still good.
    Author: minnowboy

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

  • 63 bottles owned
  • 29 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 88
    (Out of 29 collectors)