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2010 Carlisle Zinfandel Martinelli Road Vineyard

  • 91 WS
  • 92 IWC
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SKU: 366191-2010-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    (16.3% alcohol, with a pH of 3.26!): Bright violet. Sexy dark berry aromas are complemented by notes of candied flowers and spicecake, plus an exotic touch of apricot. Lush, palate-staining blackberry and mulberry flavors show unlikely vivacity and delicacy, gaining spiciness with air. Closes with excellent clarity and cut, leaving sappy dark berry and floral notes behind.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2012
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

    A dark and brooding Zin that blends power with structure. Aromas of blueberry and raspberry mix with licorice, leading to dense but layered flavors of mineral, white pepper and herb. The tannins are big but ripe. Hands off for now. 280 cases made.
    Drink Dates: 2014-2020
    Author: Tim Fish
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  • 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

    • 54 bottles owned
    • 27 collectors