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2011 Carlisle - Zinfandel Papera Ranch

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SONOMA
  • 92 WA
  • 89 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • Variety
    Zinfandel
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SKU: 313250-2011
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

    Carlisle's 2011 Zinfandel Papera Ranch is all about red fruit, lifted aromatics and silky tannins. A highly representative, varietally expressive Zinfandel, the 2011 is utterly convincing. An exotic melange of dried roses, mint, wild flowers and sage rings out on the silky, polished finish. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2026.
    Drink Dates: 2016-2026
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    (includes 4% carignane; 15.4% alcohol and 3.52 pH): Bright purple. Highly perfumed, spice-accented dark berry and incense aromas show impressive clarity and energy. Smooth and seamless on the palate, offering vibrant blackberry preserve and cherry-vanilla flavors and notes of candied flowers and allspice. Finishes with alluring sweetness and excellent length, leaving smoke and floral notes behind. These vines were reportedly planted in 1934.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: May/June 2013
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 89

    A solid effort in a tough vintage. Aromas of toasty cherry and spice lead to sleek flavors of tart raspberry, mineral and herb.
    Drink Dates: 2014-2020
    Author: Tim Fish
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Medium body/red fruit/good acidity No reason to wait
    Drink Dates: 2014-2019
    Author: Drwineski
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Popped and poured and it was great right out of the gate. Wonderful sweet fruit with ripe tannins. Better than the score at WS.
    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: 94
    (Out of 29 collectors)