2015 Carlisle "Bedrock Vineyard" Sonoma Valley Mourvèdre

SKU #1333703 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A great success story, Mike Officer’s Carlisle Winery continues to not only protect heritage old-vine sites in Northern California, but to also turn out a bevy of realistically priced, delicious, consumer-friendly wines, primarily from Zinfandel, although Officer can also turn a trick or two with Grenache, Petite Sirah and Syrah.  (10/2016)

K&L Notes

It isn't all Zinfandel that's planted in those old-vine vineyards like Sonoma Valley's renowned Bedrock Vineyard--and there's more than Petite Sirah, too. The winery's note on this very special bottling of Mourvèdre: "Coming from vines planted in 1888, I would not be surprised if there was no other bottled California Mourvèdre from vines this old. This is drinking history! Picked September 15th, we opted for 8% whole cluster to add a dash of spice to the aromas and flavors. Pressed after 16 days on the skins and aged in all French oak, 20% new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered." Tasting note provided by Carlisle Winery: "Medium to medium-dark ruby-garnet. Earth, tree-bark, dried orange peel, and cherry can all be found in the moderately intense aromas. Medium-full bodied, with plenty of red fruit on the palate, this wine displays Mourvèdre’s earthier (but certainly not funky) side along with plenty of minerality in the persistent finish. An ager for sure, we’d suggest holding on to it until 2024 and then enjoying it through 2034." (MRO – 7/18/17)

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- Also called Monastrell and Mataro, Mourvèdre is most famous for the ruby-hued wines of Provence's Bandol region, known for their spicy, gamey, blackberry character, though the grape is grown throughout Provence and the Southern Rhône. Thought to have originated in Spain, it is second only to Grenache in vine acres, with the best examples found in Rioja, Alicante and Penedès.

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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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).