2011 Carlisle "Dupratt Vineyard" Mendocino Ridge Zinfandel

SKU #1117434 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (this is the first zinfandel bottling from Mendocino for Carlisle, sourced from a site planted in 1920; harvested on November 2 at 24.6 Brix; bottled at 15.1% alcohol and a very low pH of 3.05): Opaque ruby. An exotically perfumed nose evokes fresh red and dark berries, cola and peppery spices, with subtle earth and lavender nuances adding complexity. Sappy, sharply focused raspberry and bitter cherry flavors are enlivened by a tangy note of blood orange and show excellent clarity. Appealingly bright and lively, finishing with silky tannins and lingering florality. (ST)  (5/2013)

92 points Wine Spectator

 A distinctive Zin that offers a real sense of place. Aromas of spice and brambly huckleberry lead to zesty, well-focused currant, toasty cinnamon and anise flavors. Tannins are big but ripe. Needs time to bloom. Best from 2015 through 2022. (TF)  (10/2013)

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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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Anderson Valley/Mendocino

- Cooled by the nearby ocean and the seemingly omnipresent bank of oceanic fog, this picturesque wine region is home to a wealth of cool-climate grapes like riesling and gewürztraminer plus chardonnay and pinor noir, which are responsible for impressive and intense sparkling wines.