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2011 Carlisle "Two Acres" Russian River Valley Red Blend (Previously $40)

SKU #1152287 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright ruby. Spicy red berries and cherry on the nose, with lively mineral and floral notes adding vivacity. Lithe and precise on the palate, offering smoke-accented black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that take on weight with air. Finishes brisk and clean, with late-arriving tannins and an echo of peppery spices. (ST)  (6/2013)

90 points Vinous

 Carlisle's 2011 Red Wine Two Acres graces the palate with exquisite freshness and silkiness. This is a fairly restrained, bright vintage for the Two Acres, with plenty of expressive, high-toned floral notes and lifted red-toned fruit. The wine's mid-weight structure argues for near and medium-term drinking. In 2011, the Two Acres is all about balance and harmony. The Two Acres is typically a blend of several grapes, but in 2011 the difficult weather conditions claimed the Carignane, Alicante, Petite Sirah and Peloursin, so the blend is predominantly Mourvèdre with just a dollop (2%) of Syrah. (AG)  (2/2014)

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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.
Specific Appellation:

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.