2009 Carlisle "Gold Mine Ranch" Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(15.4% alcohol and just 8% new oak): Opaque ruby. Intensely perfumed bouquet of black raspberry, dried rose, star anise and cracked pepper, plus a hint of anise that gains strength with air. Juicy, seductively sweet and penetrating red and dark berry flavors are lifted by zesty minerality, with the floral and anise notes picking up steam with air. Finishes very long, with excellent clarity and a touch of smokiness to the echoing red fruit notes. 93 points
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Another good value, although not at the level of his Sonoma Zinfandel, is the 2009 Zinfandel Gold Mine Ranch from Dry Creek. A blend of 98% Zinfandel from 95-year old vines and 2% Carignan, it exhibits meaty, earthy, underbrush notes intermixed with briery red and black fruits. This sexy, soft, round, full-bodied wine should be drunk in its first 4-5 years of life.
A tightly focused Zin, with raspberry and white pepper aromas that follow through to layered, refined flavors of black cherry and anise. Finishes with ripe, yet minerally, tannins. Best from 2013 through 2017.