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2012 Carlisle Syrah Papa's Block

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SONOMA
  • 96 WA
  • 91 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • Variety
    Syrah

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SKU: 198785-2012-750

This item is available by the case only

Total:
$63.00

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    Inky purple. Lively, mineral-laced dark berry and cherry scents are complicated by notes of cola, Indian spices and violet. Smoky and precise on the palate, offering intense blackcurrant and cherry liqueur flavors that are given depth by a touch of candied licorice. Closes spicy and precise, with silky tannins and a bright mineral quality that adds bite.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: May/June 2014
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

    The 2012 Syrah Papa's Block (100% Syrah) is a 400-case cuvee that achieved 14.5% natural alcohol. Thirty percent whole clusters were used, and about 20% new French oak. The wine exhibits lots of blackberry fruit, charcoal and spring flower characteristics in a full-bodied, opulent, irresistible, richly fruity, plush style. Consume it over the next 6-10 years.
    Drink Dates: 2013-2023
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

    While firm and potent, this shows a seam of suppleness midpalate on, carrying the dark berry, mocha, cigar box and wild berry flavors. Reveals great length and harmony on the finish.
    Drink Dates: 2014-2025
    Author: James Laube
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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.

    Syrah is one of the darkest and thickest-skinned varieties, producing wines with intense color, flavors of blueberry, blackberry and boysenberry, and high tannin. Depending on the climate in which it is grown and the winemaking techniques used, Syrah (known as Shiraz in Australia) can come in a wide range of styles. Regardless of style, use of heavy oak is common and the highest quality wines are suitable for long-term ageing.

    The best Old-World Syrah comes from the Northern Rhône, where the variety is at its coolest limit for growth. Sites with south-facing slopes are exposed to more sun and produce the highest quality wines with medium body and flavors of berry, hints of pepper and mint, and notes of olive, bacon, meat, and leather with age. Côte-Rôtie and Hermitage are the most famous of these sites, and producers such as E. Guigal, Chave, and Domaine Paul Jaboulet Aîné make some of the world’s best wines from Syrah.

    In the New World, Australia is the most famous region for high-quality wines from Shiraz. The warm climates of Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale produce full-bodied, intensely fruity wines displaying notes of earth and spice and developing leather with age. A leaner, more peppery style is made in cooler regions with the best examples coming from Eden Valley. Australian producers such as Penfolds, Torbreck, and Henschke have garnered international recognition for making world-class wines from Shiraz.

    One cannot talk about New-World Syrah without recognizing the work of Californian producers, most notably Sine Qua Non, Colgin, and Alban, who have also gained international recognition for the quality of their wines from Syrah.

    The delicate flavors of cooler climate Syrah from the Northern Rhône and Sonoma make it an ideal pairing for dishes like lamb or eggplant. The bold flavors of warmer climate Shiraz from Australia pair well with barbeque pork and chicken, short ribs, and steak. 

    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 114 bottles owned
    • 42 collectors