Carlisle, Russian River Valley, Carlisle Vineyard, Zinfandel 2011

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94 points Int'l Wine Cellar

Inky purple. Heady scents of black raspberry, boysenberry, incense and candied violet, along with subtle notes of black pepper and olive tapenade. This smells a lot like syrah. Lush, spicy and expansive, offering powerful black and blue fruit compote flavors and exotic floral and spice qualities. Clings impressively on the youthfully tannic finish, repeating the blue fruit and floral notes. (ST) (6/2013)

94 points Vinous

The 2011 Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard takes hold of all the senses and never lets up. I imagine the blend in this parcel, a classic 'mixed blacks' field blend of as many as 40 grapes, is a big reason there is so much nuance and complexity here. All the elements come together beautifully in the glass. Bright aromatics, delineated fruit and firm yet nicely integrated tannins all come together gracefully. There is little question, the 2011 Zinfandel Carlisle is the finest wine in this range today. The 2011 has come together beautifully since I tasted it from barrel last year. The blend is 88% Zinfandel and 12% mixed blacks. (AG) (2/2014)

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