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2008 Carlisle "Two Acres" Russian River Valley Red Blend

SKU #1093893 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark A gorgeous effort, the 2008 Two Acres is a blend of 79% Mourvedre and the rest Petite Sirah, Syrah, Carignan and Alicante Bouschet. To achieve fully ripe Mourvedre is no easy task, even in sunny, dry California. This deep purple-hued offering displays notes of blue fruits, black raspberries, camphor and spring flowers. With super fruit, a dense, full-bodied opulence and a stunningly rich finish, it is a super wine to drink over the next decade or more. (RP) Inner quote mark (2/2011)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Glass-staining ruby. Sexy, highly perfumed bouquet of ripe raspberry, cherry, violet and cracked pepper, with a hint of star anise coming up with aeration. Sappy, gently sweet red and dark berry flavors stain the palate, with lively acidity providing spine. At once densely packed and vibrant, finishing with strong cut and spicy persistence. (ST) Inner quote mark (5/2010)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark The little vineyard, on the east side of the valley, is 101 years old, and was planted to a wide array of varieties, in the old Italian-American immigrant fashion. The wine is dry, complex and ageworthy. This ’08 is deep in berry, spice, licorice and anise flavors, with a tang of minerals. It’s fresh, vibrant and utterly distinctive. Will develop over the next decade. Inner quote mark (5/2011)

K&L Notes

There is not a lot of old-vine Mourvèdre in Sonoma County, yet Mike Officer discovered a two-acre plot of mostly Mourvèdre that was planted back in 1910. It was somewhat neglected when he found it in 1996, but reviving it and replanting missing vines has brought it back to a respectable level of production (296 cases in 2008). An old-vine gem! From the winery's tasting note: "Medium-dark to dark garnet-ruby. A sexy bouquet of raspberry, kirsch, bittersweet chocolate, and cardamom is highlighted by a suggestion of rose petal. Medium full-bodied, the palate explodes with berry fruit, tree bark, and orange peel. With aeration, a note of smoked game emerges. Very complex! While slightly richer than the 2007, lively acidity keeps the wine fresh and vibrant. Like many Mourvèdre-based wines, this will age very well. Drink from late 2012 through 2022." (MRO, 08/01/10)


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