2018 Carlisle Sonoma County Zinfandel

SKU #1475007 95 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Just about all Zinfandel (there's 2% each of Alicante Bouschet and Petite Sirah), the 2018 Zinfandel Sonoma County is about as textbook as they come with its deep purple color, black and blue fruits, notes of violets, spice, and flowery incense, and layered, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel. Flawlessly balanced, pure, and seamless on the palate, it's a stunning Zinfandel as well as a great value. Don't miss it. Inner quote mark (5/2020)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Black raspberry, licorice and smoked pepper flavors burst from the core, wrapped in a layered and lively structure. Finishes with medium-grained tannins. (TF) Inner quote mark (11/2020)

90-92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark One of the stars in this lineup, the 2018 Zinfandel (Sonoma County) is a fabulous appellation-level offering from Carlisle. Jammy dark cherry, plum, mocha, licorice, spice and menthol give this boisterous, juicy Zinfandel its racy personality. The 2018 is a blend from a number of sites including Rossi Ranch, Mounts, Teldeschi, Carlisle and Pagani, all top-notch, old-vine sites. This is such a joyous and delicious wine. I loved it. (AG) Inner quote mark (4/2020)

K&L Notes

Winery note: "Bright, medium-dark ruby-garnet. Wonderfully expressive aromas of black cherries, damson plums, and baking spice delight the nose. On the palate, medium to medium-full bodied with a cornucopia of red berry flavors. Gentle tannins build in the clean, refreshing finish. Compared to the 2017, much more fruit-driven and concentrated without the earth and soil-driven notes. While very enjoyable now, optimum drinking for this QPR winner should be between 2021 and 2027." (MRO)

Price: $29.99
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