2003 Carlisle "Three Birds" Sonoma County Red
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)
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)
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.