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2012 Carlisle - Zinfandel Montafi Ranch

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

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SKU: 252581-2012-750-2B
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

    Voluptuous and ripe but also layered and complex. Aromas of black raspberry, bay leaf and orange peel open to rich flavors of blackberry, mint and orange rind. Drink now through 2020. 661 cases made.
    Drink Dates: 2014-2020
    Author: Tim Fish
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    Another knock-out offering is the 2012 Zinfandel Montafi Ranch, a blend of 89% Zinfandel and 11% mixed blacks (Alicante Bouchet, Grand Noir, Peloursin, Aubun, Trousseau and a handful of others). Very rich with a seamless, full-bodied style, this wine is loaded with black and red fruits, spice and subtle oak in addition to well-integrated acidity, tannin and alcohol. This big, voluptuously-textured, full-throttle Zin should drink nicely for 7-8 years.
    Drink Dates: 2013-2021
    Author: Robert Parker
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    (includes 11% mixed blacks; 15.4% alcohol): Inky purple. Sexy, deeply pitched dark fruit liqueur, floral pastille and pit fruit aromas show superb clarity and power, with a spicy element adding lift. Smooth and voluptuous in character, offering intense blueberry and boysenberry flavors that coat the palate while maintaining a sense of vibrancy. Finishes sweet and long, with velvety tannins providing gentle grip and shape. Borders on decadent, in a good way.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: May/June 2014
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Jam02110
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Koby

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

  • 110 bottles owned
  • 41 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 41 collectors)