2009 Carlisle "Two Acres" Russian River Valley Red Blend

SKU #1112876 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Dark purple. Wild, expressive aromas of blackberry, dried flowers and spices, with a subtle licorice nuance. Enticingly sweet but also showing impressive energy and clarity to its dark berry preserve and violet pastille flavors. Finishes with mounting, broad tannins and very good length. This reminded me a lot of Zinfandel and comes off far more polished than most Mourvedre-dominated wines. (ST)  (5/2011)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2009 Red Wine Two Acres is an intriguing blend of 70% Mourvedre, 15% Petit Sirah, 10% Syrah and 5% assorted other grapes from a site planted in 1910. A clean vein of minerality runs through the dark fruit in this silky, gorgeous wine. Blackberries, graphite, cassis and smoke are some of the many notes that flow through to the long, pure finish. I also tasted the 2002, a wine that has many years of fine drinking ahead of it. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024. (AG)  (2/2012)

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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.
Specific Appellation:

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.