2010 Carlisle "Two Acres" Russian River Valley Red Blend (Previously $50)

SKU #1123907 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Opaque ruby. Sexy, highly aromatic nose evokes black raspberry, licorice, smoke, minerals and flowers. Pliant and gently sweet, with suave dark berry and licorice flavors nicely shaped by juicy acidity. Offers plenty of up-front sex appeal but has the depth to age. Finishes with ripe, velvety tannins and very good spicy persistence. (ST)  (5/2012)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Orange peel, spices, savory herbs, leather and tobacco are some of the notes that burst from the glass in the 2010 Red Wine Two Acres. Exotic, layered and totally beautiful, this mid-weight Mourvedre-based blend is absolutely singing today. A blast of sweet red berries adds an element of finesse on the finish. The 2010 is 81% Mourvedre, 8% Petit Sirah/Peloursin, 5% Syrah, 5% Carignane and 1% Alicante. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020. (AG)  (4/2013)

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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.