2011 Carlisle "Saitone Ranch" Russian River Valley Zinfandel

SKU #1152285 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Glass-staining ruby. Deeply pitched aromas of dark berry preserves, cola, incense and candied lavender, with a smoky overtone. Sweet, penetrating blackberry and blueberry flavors show impressive clarity and pick up a spicy quality with air. Rich but lively, with excellent finishing clarity and gentle tannic grip. (ST)  (5/2013)

93 points Vinous

 Another highlight in this range, the 2011 Zinfandel Saitone Ranch is distinguished by its bright veins of underlying salinity and minerality. Here, it is the wine's focus that stands out most. Bright floral notes meld into juicy red berries, spices, mint and licorice. There is a sense of lift to the finish that I find especially appealing. Saitone Ranch was planted in 1895, which is remarkable for California, where the overwhelming majority of sites are much, much younger. The blend is 92% Zinfandel and 8% mixed blacks. (AG)  (1/2014)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Focused and sleek, with a core of vibrant acidity. The spicy raspberry aromas lead to crisp but tightly wound cherry, grilled herb and mineral flavors. Needs time. (TF)  (3/2014)

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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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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 Gew├╝rztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.