2014 Carlisle "Old Vines" Russian River Valley Zinfandel
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
If you already know what Mike Officer does, and the style of his wines, you won’t be disappointed in his 2014s. You may even like them as much as any vintage, given the fact that this year shows a lot of up-front fruit and charm. (RP)
*Editors' Choice* This is a blend from several vineyard sites, including Banfield, Saitone, Carlisle, Montafi and Papera, each boasting more than 100-year-old vines. A chocolate cordial note dominates the palate, as bold cherry, rhubarb, cinnamon and citrus flavors wander in. It's a steal for the price, too.
A fruit bomb that's also well-crafted and complex, with floral raspberry and cranberry aromas and bold, plump flavors of black cherry, cinnamon and spice. Drink now through 2026. 759 cases made.
The 2014 Zinfandel Old Vine is a gorgeous wine. Refined, deep and silky, the 2014 possesses striking aromatics. Fresh, bright and inviting, the 2014 offers lovely freshness and plenty of expressive red stone fruit character. There are plenty of highlights in this set of new and upcoming releases from Carlisle and proprietor Mike Officer. The first thing that is evident is a move towards slightly earlier picking and an overall stylistic evolution that seeks to bring out more aromatic freshness, brighter acids and generally more finesse. Just a few years ago, the wines were impenetrably dark. Today, they are much more red-toned in color and livelier. Even with those developments, there is still plenty of the depth that has long been a signature at Carlisle. (AG)