Carlisle Winery & Vineyards Carlisle Vineyard Zinfandel 2018

$54.99

97 Points                             Limited new Zinfandel from Carlisle's rare Old Vines Carlisle Vineyard. 97 Points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): "The Carlisle 2018 Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard is even better from bottle than it was from tank last year. What a wine! In 2018, the Carlisle Zinfandel is off the charts. Exotic floral notes, crushed red berry fruit, spice and wild flowers give the 2018 magnificent inner sweetness and perfume that just gains in intensity with time in the glass. The blend of 86% Zinfandel and 14% Mixed Blacks works so well. For readers who want to know why 2018 is so magical in the Russian River and Sonoma more broadly, the 2018 Carlisle pretty much sums it up." previous vintage 96+ Points Jeb Dunnuck: "The Carlisle Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard comes from vines planted in 1927 and is very much a Zinfandel-dominated field blend. This vineyard also saw miniscule yields in 2017 due to the heat spike. A big, rich, concentrated effort, it has remarkable elegance and purity, with a beautiful bouquet of blackberry and plums fruits as well as plenty of smoky, earthy, and peppery notes. They obviously did a fabulous job on the sorting table, as this has no signs of over-ripeness and raisins, and the tannins are beautiful." Robert Parker: "... 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."

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The 2018 Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard is even better from bottle than it was from tank last year. What a wine! In 2018, the Carlisle Zinfandel is off the charts. Exotic floral notes, crushed red berry fruit, spice and wild flowers give the 2018 magnificent inner sweetness and perfume that just gains in intensity with time in the glass. The blend of 86% Zinfandel and 14% Mixed Blacks works so well. For readers who want to know why 2018 is so magical in the Russian River and Sonoma more broadly, the 2018 Carlisle pretty much sums it up. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, January 2021)

The 2018 Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard is even better from bottle than it was from tank last year. What a wine! In 2018, the Carlisle Zinfandel is off the charts. Exotic floral notes, crushed red berry fruit, spice and wild flowers give the 2018 magnificent inner sweetness and perfume that just gains in intensity with time in the glass. The blend of 86% Zinfandel and 14% Mixed Blacks works so well. For readers who want to know why 2018 is so magical in the Russian River and Sonoma more broadly, the 2018 Carlisle pretty much sums it up. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, January 2021)

9.7

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