2009 Carlisle "Papera Ranch" Russian River Valley Zinfandel

SKU #1079642 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Opaque purple. Sexy aromas of blackberry, smoky herbs, rose oil and licorice are supported by a lively mineral undertone. Plush and expansive, with a pliant, silky texture to the intensely spicy black and blue fruit and violet pastille flavors. This shows excellent concentration and gets into every nook and cranny of the palate. Finishes sweet, with outstanding persistence and firm tannic grip, echoing the blue fruit note. (ST)  (6/2011)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Jammy black raspberry and smoked pepper aromas lead to dense yet zesty cherry, sage and anise flavors that still carry ripe but firm tannins on the finish. Drink now through 2017. (TF)  (2/2012)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2009 Zinfandel Papera Ranch is unique in that the vineyard was planted with 100% Zinfandel, which was quite unusual in 1934. Black cherries, plums, tobacco and new leather inform this plush, deeply satisfying Zinfandel. There is plenty of energy, depth and sheer power in the glass. Sweet candied notes are layered into the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024. (AG)  (2/2012)

90 points Connoisseurs Guide

 Intense, deeply flavored and in no way a shy and retiring effort, this is a wine for unrepentant fans of brash, very full-flavored Zins that make no excuses for ripeness. It fights with heat and it verges on excess, yet it so rich and well-appointed with keenly defined fruit that it manages to work quite well in the style. The faint-hearted need not apply.  (5/2012)

K&L Notes

Fans of DeLoach Zinfandels from the 1990s may remember Papera. Planted in 1934, the old, head-trained vineyard survived the decades in this "sweet spot" area for Russian River Valley Zinfandel.

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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.

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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 Gewürztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.
Alcohol Content (%): 16.2