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2013 Carlisle "Montafi Ranch" Russian River Valley Zinfandel

SKU #1200791 93-95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2013 Zinfandel Montafi Ranch hits the palate with superb intensity, power and depth. The flavors are dark, rich and expressive, with tons of volume. Sweet tobacco, licorice, menthol and lavender are some of the notes that blossom on the huge finish. This site in the Russian River Valley was planted in 1926 with Zinfandel and mixed blacks. (AG) Inner quote mark (1/2015)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2013 Zinfandel Montafi Ranch, a blend of 89% Zinfandel and 11% mixed blacks, is a powerful wine with 15.8% alcohol. One of the largest 2013 cuvées (700 cases), it was aged in 20% new French oak. Copious aromas of blackberry and blackcurrant fruit emerge from this big, boldly flavored, savory, full-bodied, classic, peppery, spicy, mouthfilling Zinfandel. This beauty should develop into one of the beauties in the 2013 portfolio. (RP) Inner quote mark (12/2014)

91 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A plush and generous Zin, with a well-structured core of acidity and tannins. Floral raspberry aromas combine with complex flavors of plum, orange zest and smoky pepper. Inner quote mark (6/2013)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Thick and rich, with a menthol-like streak in the background, this 89% Zin is complemented by a wealth of mixed blacks, from Alicante Bouschet to Trousseau Noir. It opens with a bouquet of fresh, brambly blackberry, raspberry and sage, reaching a powerful conclusion of brown sugar and spice, staying structured atop soft, sizable tannins. Inner quote mark (10/2015)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Planted in 1926. Dark crimson. Very rich with blackberry, mulberry notes. Balsam notes. Dry finish. Crisp and rich. Fresh finish. Intense and classy. 18/20 points. Inner quote mark (2/2015)


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