2011 Carlisle Sonoma County Zinfandel

SKU #1128085 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (made from fruit grown in 5 vineyards: 3 in the Russian River Valley, 2 in Sonoma Valley and 1 in Sonoma County): Bright ruby. Vibrant raspberry and candied cherry on the nose, with appealing spiciness and a hint of fresh rose. Energetic and focused, offering brisk red berry flavors and a touch of anise that builds with air. Finishes with very good precision and length, leaving a spicy note behind. This is a great introduction to the Carlisle wines at a gentle price.  (6/2013)

89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2011 Zinfandel is a screaming value. Sweet, layered and impeccably balanced, the 2011 is gorgeous from the very first taste. Hints of sweet tobacco, cedar, licorice and dark red cherries all take shape in the glass. This mid-weight, gracious Zinfandel is impeccable. Even better, it is a steal. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018.  (4/2013)

K&L Notes

Get in on a great Zin producer at a nice price, to start. Antonio Galloni, writing in the Wine Advocate, concurs with our point of view on the matter: "Readers who don't think terroir exists in California should check out the Carlisle Zinfandels and Syrahs, many of which emerge from old-vine, heritage sites that nearly disappeared until Officer and some of his peers rescued them from the brink of oblivion. In particular, the 2011 Zinfandels are fabulous."

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