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2011 Carlisle "Bedrock Vineyard" Sonoma Valley Zinfandel

SKU #1146280 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Vivid ruby. A wild, exotically perfumed bouquet displays scents of candied dark berries, apricot, violet and patchouli. Juicy and expansive in the mouth, offering deeply pitched dark fruit and bitter chocolate flavors and suggestions of pit fruits and cracked pepper. Impressively complex wine, with excellent finishing clarity and subtle, harmonious tannins. (ST)  (6/2013)

89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2011 Zinfandel Bedrock Vineyard comes across as quite soft, polished and accessible. In 2011, the Bedrock stands out for its accessible personality. It isn’t as big as in some years, but its balance is impeccable. Hints of tobacco, smoke and licorice wrap around the juicy, expressive finish. Today, my impression is that the 2011 is best enjoyed over the next handful of years, as it comes across as just a bit on the frail side. The Bedrock is roughly 92% Zinfandel and 8% mixed blacks, from a site planted in 1888. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018. (AG)  (4/2013)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Tightly wound and slightly rustic, with exotic aromas of licorice, orange zest and spice cake, showing concentrated wild berry, cracked pepper and toasted sage flavors. Needs time. Best from 2015 through 2022. (TF)  (11/2013)

Jancis Robinson

 Carlisle generally pick earlier than some others in Bedrock Vineyard. 92% Zinfandel and 8% Mixed Black (field blend including Petite Sirah and Alicante Bouschet), these blocks planted in 1888. TA 6.5 g/l, pH 3.6. Minerally dark fruit. Fine dusty overlay. On the palate, rich and very unusual flavour -- blueberry and fresh nuts too. (I wondered if there was some unusual oak here but, according to Mike Carlisle, it is Nadalie French oak and only 18% new.) Soft, a little tangy/peppery. Gentle and complex and then a fine acidity on the finish. Tangy citrus aftertaste. 17/20 points. (JH)  (11/2013)

K&L Notes

This is only the third vintage of Bedrock Vineyard Zinfandel from Zin master Mike Officer, who's attracted a dedicated following for this wines the slow and steady way. Fun facts about the Bedrock Vineyard: It was founded in 1854 as an investment (boondoggle?) by some restless entrepreneurs by the names of William Sherman and Joseph Hooker, a.k.a. "Tecumseh" and "Fightin' Joe," nearly a decade before they were called back east to take care of some other business. But the oldest vines in the vineyard are not as old as all that; they were replanted in 1888 by Senator George Hearst.


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