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2012 Carlisle Zinfandel Sonoma County

  • 93 WA
  • 91 WS
  • 91 IWC
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SKU: 128438-2012-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

    (made from fruit grown in seven different vineyards; includes some petite sirah, syrah, alicante, grand noir, petite bouschet and other mixed blacks): Vivid ruby. Emphatically fruity nose displays scents of ripe boysenberry, plum and cherry, with a touch of dried rose adding complexity. On the palate, silky dark berry and floral pastille flavors put on weight with air. Finishes on a mocha note, with gripping tannins adding structure. As usual, this bottling delivers outstanding value.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: May/June 2014
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

    Dark and jammy, with black raspberry and fruit cake aromas and luscious flavors of blackberry, licorice and smoky cracked pepper.
    Drink Dates: 2014-2020
    Author: Tim Fish
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

    From a vineyard planted in 1927, the 2012 Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard (634 cases produced; 15.4% natural alcohol) is composed of 88% Zinfandel and the rest mixed blacks as well as a handful of such white varietals as Muscadelle, Malvasia and Muscat. Remarkably, Mike Officer told me over 30 varietals were planted in the 12% non-Zinfandel component in this wine. A big, sweet bouquet of black raspberries, blackberries, licorice, scorched earth and charcoal is present in this full-bodied, opulent, pure, well-made red that possesses a broad, savory mouthfeel. About 23% new French oak was used, and the wine was produced from tiny yields of 1.5 tons of fruit per acre. Drink now-2022.
    Drink Dates: 2014-2022
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Author: Cellar Dweller 33
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: Jam02110

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

  • 115 bottles owned
  • 32 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 91
    (Out of 32 collectors)