2008 Carlisle "Two Acres" Russian River Valley Red Blend

SKU #1093893 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A gorgeous effort, the 2008 Two Acres is a blend of 79% Mourvedre and the rest Petite Sirah, Syrah, Carignan and Alicante Bouschet. To achieve fully ripe Mourvedre is no easy task, even in sunny, dry California. This deep purple-hued offering displays notes of blue fruits, black raspberries, camphor and spring flowers. With super fruit, a dense, full-bodied opulence and a stunningly rich finish, it is a super wine to drink over the next decade or more. (RP)  (2/2011)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Glass-staining ruby. Sexy, highly perfumed bouquet of ripe raspberry, cherry, violet and cracked pepper, with a hint of star anise coming up with aeration. Sappy, gently sweet red and dark berry flavors stain the palate, with lively acidity providing spine. At once densely packed and vibrant, finishing with strong cut and spicy persistence. (ST)  (5/2010)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 The little vineyard, on the east side of the valley, is 101 years old, and was planted to a wide array of varieties, in the old Italian-American immigrant fashion. The wine is dry, complex and ageworthy. This ’08 is deep in berry, spice, licorice and anise flavors, with a tang of minerals. It’s fresh, vibrant and utterly distinctive. Will develop over the next decade.  (5/2011)

K&L Notes

There is not a lot of old-vine Mourvèdre in Sonoma County, yet Mike Officer discovered a two-acre plot of mostly Mourvèdre that was planted back in 1910. It was somewhat neglected when he found it in 1996, but reviving it and replanting missing vines has brought it back to a respectable level of production (296 cases in 2008). An old-vine gem! From the winery's tasting note: "Medium-dark to dark garnet-ruby. A sexy bouquet of raspberry, kirsch, bittersweet chocolate, and cardamom is highlighted by a suggestion of rose petal. Medium full-bodied, the palate explodes with berry fruit, tree bark, and orange peel. With aeration, a note of smoked game emerges. Very complex! While slightly richer than the 2007, lively acidity keeps the wine fresh and vibrant. Like many Mourvèdre-based wines, this will age very well. Drink from late 2012 through 2022." (MRO, 08/01/10)

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Varietal:

Mourvedre

- Also called Monastrell and Mataro, Mourvèdre is most famous for the ruby-hued wines of Provence's Bandol region, known for their spicy, gamey, blackberry character, though the grape is grown throughout Provence and the Southern Rhône. Thought to have originated in Spain, it is second only to Grenache in vine acres, with the best examples found in Rioja, Alicante and Penedès.
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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 Gewürztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.