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2005 Carlisle "Two Acres" Russian River Valley Red Blend

SKU #1067859 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (85% Mourvedre, 7% Petite Sirah and 4% each of Syrah and "Valdepenas," which is old home-winemakerese for Tempranillo) Deep ruby. Intensely perfumed aromas of vibrant strawberry and raspberry complicated by bright mineral notes and a zesty suggestion of blood orange. Pure red fruit flavors are complicated by an enticing spice note and hints of cracked pepper and licorice. Lively and impressively long on the finish. The Mourvedre vines were planted in 1910. (ST)  (5/2007)

90 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Another ripe, fruit driven offering, the 2005 Carlisle Two Acres comes from very low yields and vines that were planted in 1910. It exhibits a full bodied, rustic personality with meat, leather, vanilla and graphite notes that are supported by big, purple fruit aromas. Textured, soft and easy drinking, this should offer lots of pleasure over the next 10 years. (  (11/2009)

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- 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.

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.


- 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.
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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.