Fantastic new Zin release from Carlisle, one of our favorite small producers! Very limited - only 292 cases produced.94 Points Wine Spectator: "I’ll just briefly summarize the 2014s. It was the earliest vintage ever for Mike Officer and probably he’ll beat that early harvest record in 2015. In this case, he was finished by October 6, which was a first, and it will be interesting to see if he eclipses that in 2015, which was looking even earlier. The production levels were relatively abundant for Mike Officer and the wines fruit-forward, although softer and less reserved than some of the 2013s. While not quite as opaque in color, they are loaded with fruit, supple and luscious. The only white wine, the Grüner Veltliner Steiner Vineyard, makes an appearance in 2014, and it’s another beauty – it’s crisp and the only wine in bottle. The other wines all stood out and will, no doubt, merit outstanding ratings across the board for their intensity, richness, and full-bodied power. If you already know what Mike Officer does, and the style of his wines, you won’t be disappointed in his 2014s. You may even like them as much as any vintage, given the fact that this year shows a lot of up-front fruit and charm. ...The personality-filled Michael Officer and his beloved Carlisle Winery & Vineyards continues to turn out a gorgeous portfolio of exuberant, lovingly made, stunningly fruity and outright beautiful wines from historic vineyards and iconic grapes that, until the last generation or so, had tended to be forgotten in the early days of California winedom, after the repeal of Prohibition."
Big and aromatic nose. Juicy and weighty with flavors of blackberry, licorice, pepper, crushed gravel and cigar box. A velvety finish. Quite elegant.
Big and aromatic nose. Juicy and weighty with flavors of blackberry, licorice, pepper, crushed gravel and cigar box. A velvety finish. Quite elegant.9.5
60m decant. Graceful and delicious, this is drinking beautifully. Everything is together and the fruit is still big and ripe.
60m decant. Graceful and delicious, this is drinking beautifully. Everything is together and the fruit is still big and ripe.9.1
Very good, whit a hint of black current
Very good, whit a hint of black current10