2009 Carlisle "Martinelli Road" Russian River Valley Zinfandel
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Zinfandel Martinelli Road Vineyard (100% Zinfandel with 16.3% alcohol) is from a vineyard planted in the 1880s and situated near the Martinelli family's famed Jackass Vineyard. Earthy, peppery, spicy notes intermixed with hints of lavender, black cherries, plums, figs and forest floor emerge from this spicy cuvee. Displaying great intensity, massive richness and a huge, unctuously textured finish (16.3% alcohol), it, too, should be consumed over the next 7-8 years. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Inky ruby. Vibrant, seductively aromatic nose combines blackberry compote, violet, white pepper, licorice and toasty oak (about 28% of it is new here). Juicy and firmly built, with deeply concentrated black and blue fruit and floral flavors lifted by zesty minerality; red fruit nuances come up with air. Shows lovely purity and no excess weight, finishing long, sappy and floral. Mike Officer told me that this vineyard was planted some time in the 1880s.
**Highly Recommended** There's a distinctive sense of place to this Zin. Aromas of briar and floral wild berry lead to flavors that wrap jammy huckleberry, caramel and smoky pepper around a dense, complex structure of ripe tannins and balanced acidity. Drink now through 2017.