2002 Carlisle "Carlisle Vineyard" Russian River Valley Zinfandel

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94 points Robert Parker: "As for the 2002s, this was a top vintage for Carlisle. The general practice of picking ripe fruit from primarily ancient vineyards and completely destemming resulted in outstanding offerings. The 2002 Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard (a 638-case blend of 84% Zinfandel and 16% Alicante Bouchet, Petite Sirah, Grand Noir, and Carignan) was harvested in late October. After indigenous fermentations in small open-top fermenters, the wine was moved to French oak (one-third new). Bottled unfined and unfiltered (as are all the Carlisle wines), it offers up a sensational perfume of raspberries, blackberries, pepper, flowers, and lead pencil shavings. This is a great Zinfandel from a vineyard formerly owned by De Loach (then called Peletti Ranch). Run, don’t walk, and snatch up as many bottles of this beauty as you can." (02/05) According to the Wine Spectator: "Pretty floral rose petal and wild berry aromas carry over to the palate, with a firm lean structure and hints of plum and pepper, finishing with a dash of cedar, spice and pepper. Drink now through 2008. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 640 cases." (11/04)

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- The bid to name Zinfandel California's "State Varietal" may have failed, but this red wine grape, grown extensively in California since the mid-1800s, is grown in few other places in the world. Sadly, much of what's cultivated today is planted where it's too hot and flat. But when planted to well-drained, hillside vineyards that are warm but not too hot, like those in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley and Amador County in the Sierra Foothills, Zinfandel can produce wines with plenty of character. High in natural alcohol and tannin, grown carefully it can be rich and complex, with dark fruit berry fruit and peppery spice. The most known example of Zinfandel outside of California is Italy's Primitivo, which can be similar in style, but is often a bit lighter and less alcoholic than West Coast examples.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).