2007 Carlisle "Carlisle Vineyard" Russian River Valley Zinfandel

SKU #1025869 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 From a vineyard planted in 1927, this blend of 92% Zinfandel and the rest Carignan, Petite Sirah, and a few other Mediterranean red grapes possesses a dark purple color in addition to an elegant, fresh, lively nose of red and black fruits, damp earth, pepper, and spice. Full-bodied, rich, zesty, and lively, it is a stunning Zinfandel to drink over the next 5-8 years. One of California's most compelling success stories is Mike Officer's conversion from full-time software developer to full-time guardian of old vine Zinfandel vineyards and world-class producer of artisinal wines. Carlisle is a hugely successful winery, not only because of outstanding customer service, but because of the simple fact that it delivers great wines at extremely fair prices. (RP)  (2/2010)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright purple. Black raspberry, peppered bacon and floral aromas reminded me of a wine from the northern Rhone. Fleshy and sweet on the palate, with vivid raspberry and blackberry and candied violet qualities. Fine-grained tannins add structure and grip to the long, juicy finish, which echoes the pepper and floral notes. Mike Officer told me that these vines were planted in 1927. (ST)  (6/2009)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Deeply structured yet light on its feet, with wild berry and licorice aromas that lead to fleshy black cherry and smoky pepper flavors framed by lively acidity. Needs time to open up in the glass. (TF)  (4/2010)

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Varietal:

Zinfandel

- 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.
Country:

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.
Sub-Region:

California

- 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.
Specific Appellation:

Alexander Valley/Russian River

- Among Sonoma County's northernmost appellations, the Alexander Valley AVA acts as a gateway to neighboring Napa to the east and Mendocino to the north. It is a sprawling appellation, with pockets of distinct microclimates and soils, and as such, is home to a variety of wine grapes and styles. Nearly everything grows in the Alexander Valley, though Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most widely planted grapes. The Russian River Valley lies to the south of Alexander Valley, and is marked by much cooler temperatures and frequently heavy fog. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown here are some of the state's finest and most sought-after. Aromatic whites like Gew├╝rztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.