2003 Carlisle "Three Birds" Sonoma County Red

SKU #1014596 90 points Wine Spectator

 Tightly wound and sharply focused, with vivid, earthy blueberry, wild berry and spice attributes, it gains amplitude at midpalate and gains complexity on the finish, where the flavors fan out nicely and the chewy tannins are integrated. (JL)  (11/2005)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Exotic high-toned aromas of crushed red fruits, black pepper, flowers and smoke. Creamy, broad and liqueur-like yet firm, with brisk acidity leavening the wine's lushness. The dark berry and licorice flavors are further brightened by a pomegranate note. (ST)  (5/2005)

K&L Notes

Medium ruby. Hi-toned, perfumed aromas of red cherry, pomegranate and strawberry with sinister notes of spice lurking in the background. On the palate, smooth as silk. Really seductive. An incredible burst of grenache fruit on the finish. This is a very pretty wine, though not at all wimpy. Heavy (71%) on the grenache (and it comes from Unti Ranch in Dry Creek), a good dose (21%) of mourvèdre (also from Unti), and just a splash of syrah (8%). The wine was aged in all French oak, only 15% new and bottled unfined and unfiltered.

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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).