2004 Carlisle "Carlo's Ranch" Russian River Valley Zinfandel

SKU #1067868 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2004 Zinfandel Carlo’s Ranch (the old DeLoach Papera Vineyard) offers a deep ruby/purple color as well as an elegant nose of sandalwood and briery, berry fruit. Made from cool climate fruit, there is a Pinot Noir-like approach in this offering. (RP)  (12/2006)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Saturated ruby-red. Blackberry, spices, orange zest and black licorice on the perfumed, vibrant nose. Creamy and superripe, with an exotic, liqueur-like quality. But this superconcentrated and enticing wine benefits from terrific acidity that gives a sappy quality to its dense flavors. This is nearly 100% zinfandel, a rarity for a vineyard this old. The crop level here was just 1.2 tons per acre, according to Officer. (ST)  (5/2006)

Connoisseurs Guide

 *One Star* They like their wines to be ripe and concentrated at Carlisle, and that goal has been achieved consistently, including in this latest batch of offerings. Both this bottling and its mate directly below will be well liked by the ripe-is-better crowd, and both display a fair dollop of underlying fruit. This one is perhaps a little deeper overall and has a touch more chocolate in its makeup. We would use it with cheeses and nuts.  (1/2007)

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- 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.

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.