2012 Carlisle "Three Birds" Sonoma County Rhône Blend

SKU #1167624 92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Three Birds Proprietary Red, a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre, is what Mike Officer calls his Chateauneuf du Pape Sonoma cuvee. The 2012, which achieved 14.9% alcohol, includes slightly more Syrah than usual. Copious notes of kirsch, black currants, lavender, loamy soil and pepper and spice are found in this soft, round, seductive red that caresses the palate. It should be drunk in its first 2-4 years of life.  (12/2013)

90-92 points Vinous

 The 2012 Red Wine Three Birds, Carlisle's Grenache/Syrah/Mourvèdre blend, is laced with the essence of dark red cherry, plum, spice and licorice, all supported by firm yet well-integrated tannins. This is another wine in the range that delivers fabulous quality for the money. The blend is 73% Grenache, 14% Syrah and 13% Mourvèdre, with floral notes from the Grenache that are especially prominent on the finish.  (2/2014)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (a blend of grenache, syrah and mourvedre): Vivid ruby. Spicy red berries and fresh flowers on the perfumed nose. Really showing the grenache today, offering plump raspberry and cherry compote flavors and a hint of spicecake. Seamless and gently sweet on the smoothly tannic finish, with the floral note echoing.  (6/2014)

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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).