2011 Carlisle "Hayne Vineyard" Napa Valley Zinfandel
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Another addition to the lineup, the 2011 Zinfandel Hayne Vineyard is laced with expressive dark fruit, smoke, tar, licorice and cedar. Plush, deep, and beautifully balanced, the 2011 finishes with a gorgeous burst of blue and black fruit, violets, graphite and asphalt buttressed by vibrant minerality. This is going to be a fascinating wine to check on once it is in bottle. Originally planted in 1903, Hayne is one of California’s heritage, old-vine sites. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2021. (AG)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(made from vines planted in 1903 and picked on September 30; bottled with 16% alcohol and a pH of 3.4): Inky ruby. Expansive, floral- and spice-accented aromas of candied black and blue fruits, Indian spices and incense, with a hint of smokiness emerging with air. Viscous in texture but shockingly lively, offering intense, vanilla-accented boysenberry and cassis flavors lifted and supported by juicy acidity. Fine-grained tannins come on late and add grip to a long, sweet finish that echoes the floral note.
**Top 100 Wines of 2013** Dense yet surprisingly light on its feet, with aromas of toasty berry cobbler and mint that lead to ripe flavors balanced by a solid core of acidity and tannins, plus accents of pepper and bay leaf. Hands off for now. Best from 2015 through 2021.