2012 Carlisle "Limerick Lane Vineyard" Sonoma County Zinfandel

SKU #1190632 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Opaque purple. Intense, spice-accented dark berry and floral pastille aromas show excellent clarity and a building smoky nuance. Round and fleshy on the palate, offering sweet blueberry and cherry compote flavors and a hint of lavender pastille. Dusty tannins firm the penetrating finish, which clings with serious tenacity and echoing spiciness. (ST)  (5/2014)

91-93 points Vinous

 The 2012 Zinfandel Limerick Lane Vineyard, from a resurrected site in the Russian River, is bright, focused and beautifully balanced. Rose petals, pomegranate, spices and licorice jump from the glass. The 2012 is all about balance and sensuality. This is one of the more feminine wines in the Carlisle range. (AG)  (2/2014)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Fleshy and vibrant, with an elegant structure that slowly builds in complexity. Lush cherry, raspberry and cinnamon aromas open to rich and layered flavors of wild berry, cracked pepper and sweet licorice. Drink now through 2021. (TF)  (4/2015)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 From a vineyard resurrected by the Bilbro family that has done such a marvelous job at Marietta Cellars, the 2012 Zinfandel Limerick Lane Vineyard is composed of 98% Zinfandel and 2% mixed blacks (in this case, Trousseau, Petite Sirah and Peloursin). Only 123 cases were produced, and the wine tips the scales at a lofty 15.2% natural alcohol. It offers up copious notes of sweet black fruits, charcuterie / smoked meats, baking spices and roasted herbs. Lovely, pure, full-bodied and complex, as well as strikingly fresh and elegant, this big, vibrant, exuberant Zinfandel should drink well for 8-10 years. (RP)  (12/2014)

K&L Notes

From Robert Parker: "One of the great success stories in Northern California is the genesis of Carlisle Winery, whose owner, Mike Officer, began as a wine hobbiest / software developer and grew into a full-time wine producer who has done more to save head-pruned, old-vine Zinfandel vineyards than anyone else in the United States. He built his reputation on full-flavored red wines and continues to fine-tune these beauties, often field blends of what are generically referred to as 'mixed blacks' planted primarily by Italian immigrants prior to Prohibition." (12/2014)

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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:

Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).
Alcohol Content (%): 15.2