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Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

#1301 Post by AlexS » January 17th, 2019, 8:58 am

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Wow buddy, this has to be one of your best notes yet (and that's saying something). Count on me opening one of these soon!
Man, that Pagani just floored me! Grabbed it on a whim last week at my offsite because I've got 3 bottles...much like Bedrock, might be time to start delving more seriously into Carlisle 2013s!
Sounds like I should pop one of these. Had a 2000 Malartic-Lagraviere on deck for tonight, but this might be a better match for lasagne. [cheers.gif]
2 days later, finished the leftover Pagani last night and it was just as good! What a fantastic wine, would recommend opening one to anyone who has a few bottles.
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#1302 Post by ky1em!ttskus » January 17th, 2019, 9:08 am

I will be buying.

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#1303 Post by Peter Petersen » January 17th, 2019, 9:46 am

I pulled a 2013 Hayne by mistake, but that too is a wonderful wine. Less boisterous than Pagani for sure. I love the refined edge to this wine, too bad Mike doesn’t make it anymore.

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#1304 Post by ky1em!ttskus » January 17th, 2019, 9:56 am

Love that vineyard, Peter.

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#1305 Post by Albert R » January 17th, 2019, 5:35 pm

2014 Carlisle Syrah Papa's Block-Nose was not as expressive as I would prefer. Dark, black fruit, good acidity, a little dry on the finish...... Very good although it's just entering its drinking window. I will give my other bottle a couple of more years.
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#1306 Post by Blake Brown » January 17th, 2019, 6:24 pm

2015 CARLISLE SIERRA MADRE VINEYARDS SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS SYRAH- tasted blind: 100% warmer climate Syrah; this came off pretty weird and disjointed and once revealed, I was surprised as I’ve had mostly stellar wines from Carlisle across the board; it had lots of dark fruit with an imbalanced dominance of toast and strong coffee.
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#1307 Post by AlexS » January 17th, 2019, 6:25 pm

Peter Petersen wrote:
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I pulled a 2013 Hayne by mistake, but that too is a wonderful wine. Less boisterous than Pagani for sure. I love the refined edge to this wine, too bad Mike doesn’t make it anymore.
Noice, sounds dee-lish! I'll need to open one up now although oddly enough, Hayne is to my palate often one of the "biggest" Zins that Mike makes...regardless, super sad to hear he doesn't make it anymore!
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#1308 Post by ky1em!ttskus » January 18th, 2019, 5:27 pm

‘15 SC Zin

Soooooo good. I think I might increase my current order... which I really shouldn’t do.

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#1309 Post by JDavisRoby » January 25th, 2019, 5:29 pm

Just poured a 2014 Saint Lucia Highlands Sierra Mar into the decanter. Opened too soon?
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#1310 Post by Bud Carey » January 26th, 2019, 3:28 am

2013 Carlisle vineyard zin
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#1311 Post by Scott E. » January 28th, 2019, 9:05 am

2012 Monte Rosso - very deep, very complex nose on this one; more of that complexity on the palate; slightly high-toned red fruited finish - lovely. Cheers!
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#1312 Post by dsimmons » January 28th, 2019, 12:32 pm

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2013 Carlisle vineyard zin
Had a '12 Carlisle on Saturday. It was amazing.

2012 Carlisle Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley (1/27/2019)
What a lovely bottle of Zin. PnP and drank with slow cooker Pheasant. Delicious berry fruits, licorice, spice, and a little earthiness. Everything I hope for in a Zin. Beautiful integration and balance. Drinking at or near peak. I only have one more and will probably try to hold off a few years before drinking it. (94 pts.)

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#1313 Post by Rich Brown » February 16th, 2019, 6:27 pm

2013 Papera Ranch

My man Alex was spot on (per usual). 13 Papera is delicious right now and should hold/improve for at least the next 5+. Stunning nose of herbs and red fruit at pnp with black cherries, baking spice, and a VERY distinct eucalyptus note on the palate. Typical Carlisle balance between fruit and acid (with a slight emphasis on fruit), but that eucalyptus element really adds a ton of structure and takes it to the next level. As always, one of my favorite wines from Mike (along with Montafi) and in a nice drinking window currently with probably room for improvement in the short-term.

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#1314 Post by JDavisRoby » February 16th, 2019, 7:12 pm

Decided the Bedrock OVZ wasn’t enough. Added a 2016 Carlisle Papera Ranch Zin to the evening. Also tasty.
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#1315 Post by AlexS » February 16th, 2019, 7:13 pm

Rich Brown wrote:
February 16th, 2019, 6:27 pm
2013 Papera Ranch

My man Alex was spot on (per usual). 13 Papera is delicious right now and should hold/improve for at least the next 5+. Stunning nose of herbs and red fruit at pnp with black cherries, baking spice, and a VERY distinct eucalyptus note on the palate. Typical Carlisle balance between fruit and acid (with a slight emphasis on fruit), but that eucalyptus element really adds a ton of structure and takes it to the next level. As always, one of my favorite wines from Mike (along with Montafi) and in a nice drinking window currently with probably room for improvement in the short-term.
Dude, AWESOME note...I'm so glad it killed you too!!!! For my palate, that 2013 Papera is good as any wine being made in the world, period - absolutely stunning juice.

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And btw, I'm so right there with you on Papera and Montafi - Mike always renders vinous magic with both sites!

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Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

#1316 Post by David Lewin » February 16th, 2019, 7:43 pm

Had the 2017 Compagni Portis at Falltacular, probably the best version I've tasted, or maybe it just tastes better young. Intense fruit, fantastic nose. I've always preferred the Derivative to the CP, but this makes me think about it.

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#1317 Post by T Welch » February 16th, 2019, 8:50 pm

2012 James Berry Syrah
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#1318 Post by dsimmons » February 17th, 2019, 12:06 pm

2009 Carlisle Syrah Sonoma County - USA, California, Sonoma County (2/17/2019)
I drank my last of 7 bottles of this amazing wine last evening with braised pork shoulder chops. What an amazing QPR this has been. And to tell you the truth I believe this bottle may have been the best bottle. Beautiful balance of fruit, spice, licorice. Sweet tannin and lasting finish. Certainly drinking at or near peak but seem to have plenty of life left. Drink or hold. (93 pts.)

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#1319 Post by Dale McClaran » February 17th, 2019, 12:12 pm

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2009 Carlisle Syrah Sonoma County - USA, California, Sonoma County (2/17/2019)
I drank my last of 7 bottles of this amazing wine last evening with braised pork shoulder chops. What an amazing QPR this has been. And to tell you the truth I believe this bottle may have been the best bottle. Beautiful balance of fruit, spice, licorice. Sweet tannin and lasting finish. Certainly drinking at or near peak but seem to have plenty of life left. Drink or hold. (93 pts.)

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Really cool Don, problem for me is I end up drinking the Sono. Co Zin and Syrahs within 12 mos of delivery, saving cellar space for the single vineyard stuff. In my heart of hearts, I know that these will age and develop just as well, as your note here attests.
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#1320 Post by dsimmons » February 17th, 2019, 6:28 pm

Dale McClaran wrote:
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2009 Carlisle Syrah Sonoma County - USA, California, Sonoma County (2/17/2019)
I drank my last of 7 bottles of this amazing wine last evening with braised pork shoulder chops. What an amazing QPR this has been. And to tell you the truth I believe this bottle may have been the best bottle. Beautiful balance of fruit, spice, licorice. Sweet tannin and lasting finish. Certainly drinking at or near peak but seem to have plenty of life left. Drink or hold. (93 pts.)

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Really cool Don, problem for me is I end up drinking the Sono. Co Zin and Syrahs within 12 mos of delivery, saving cellar space for the single vineyard stuff. In my heart of hearts, I know that these will age and develop just as well, as your note here attests.

Hi Dale,

I have the Blessing/curse of unlimited space in my crawl space passive cellar. I usually drink the appellation wines faster than the single vineyard wines but rarely drink any of the Syrah's before 5 years from vintage. I try to hold at least one of the single vintage syrah's until they are at least 10. But I really have a heavy bias for aged wines.
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#1321 Post by AlexS » February 17th, 2019, 6:49 pm

T Welch wrote:
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How was it?? Sitting on a couple, feeling antsy to open one...
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#1322 Post by T Welch » February 17th, 2019, 7:00 pm

AlexS wrote:
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2012 James Berry Syrah
How was it?? Sitting on a couple, feeling antsy to open one...
Still dark and brooding. We decanted for an hour or so but it could have used a lot more. It was "just grab a bottle" to go with some Flannery beef and we have more, but I would recommend waiting another couple of years. And, without really thinking it through, we had just had the 2007 Saxum James Berry on Tuesday night so it was a very remote comparison. Actually, not. Five years difference, and the Carlisle is 100% Syrah while the Saxum is only 28%. You have a lot to look forward to, Alex.
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#1323 Post by AlexS » February 17th, 2019, 7:04 pm

Thx Truett! I'll continue holding for the time being.
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#1324 Post by Peter Petersen » February 17th, 2019, 9:53 pm

‘14 Montafi, can’t imagine this being any more perfect for this vineyard. Hints of eucalyptus lots of dark cherry, nothing over done.

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#1325 Post by Sherri S h a p i r o » February 18th, 2019, 4:45 am

Peter Petersen wrote:
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‘14 Montafi, can’t imagine this being any more perfect for this vineyard. Hints of eucalyptus lots of dark cherry, nothing over done.
Sounds great! I have not touched any Carlisle '14's yet, but after reading your note, Peter, you've reminded me that I need to at least check in on my stash since it's 2019 . . . I have a Carlisle zin rule where I keep my hands off for 5 years as I generally think that's when the prime drinking window opens. Thanks for posting this.

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#1326 Post by Peter Petersen » February 18th, 2019, 9:17 am

Sherri S h a p i r o wrote:
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Peter Petersen wrote:
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‘14 Montafi, can’t imagine this being any more perfect for this vineyard. Hints of eucalyptus lots of dark cherry, nothing over done.
Sounds great! I have not touched any Carlisle '14's yet, but after reading your note, Peter, you've reminded me that I need to at least check in on my stash since it's 2019 . . . I have a Carlisle zin rule where I keep my hands off for 5 years as I generally think that's when the prime drinking window opens. Thanks for posting this.
Sherri, I agree with your five year rule and this wine will definitely be good for many more years. But I wouldn’t hesitate to pop the cork on this one if you are in the mood for a full bodied red.

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#1327 Post by ky1em!ttskus » February 19th, 2019, 3:32 pm

On deck: ‘14 Bedrock Vineyard with chili dogs.

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#1328 Post by T Welch » March 3rd, 2019, 6:13 pm

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#1329 Post by cjsavino » March 3rd, 2019, 6:21 pm

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#1330 Post by ky1em!ttskus » March 3rd, 2019, 7:35 pm

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#1331 Post by Peter Petersen » March 3rd, 2019, 7:48 pm

‘11 Monte Rosso was a very pleasant surprise. I’d say fully resolved and ready to drink. Might be time for me to drink up that vintage.

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#1332 Post by Andrew Demaree » March 3rd, 2019, 9:34 pm

Haven’t had the ‘11 Monte Rosso, but I’m feeling that way about the ‘11 Papera. I think it’s just starting to get too soft and should be drunk up.

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#1333 Post by dsimmons » March 4th, 2019, 11:09 am

I know some love the cooler 2011 vintage. For me, with the exception of the Mourvedre, I have not been a fan of what I have drunk so far. Have not had the Monte Russo yet but was underwhelmed by a Papera, Pagani, and Sonoma in the past year. The Carlisle was good as were the white wines. I was sort of hoping they would be helped by age?
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#1334 Post by Chr!s G|@rn3r » March 5th, 2019, 6:43 pm

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#1335 Post by AlexS » March 6th, 2019, 5:43 pm

2011 Carlisle Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard

Zin doesn’t get much better, absolutely redonk. Amazing how Mike Officer was so able to thoroughly hack 2011 with his many wines.
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#1336 Post by JDavisRoby » March 8th, 2019, 11:49 pm

2015 Papera Ranch Zinfandel tonight. Young but still drinking great.

What a contrast between this and the Ridge Merlot we drank beside.
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#1337 Post by Russ Williams » March 9th, 2019, 9:30 am

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2011 Carlisle Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard

Zin doesn’t get much better, absolutely redonk. Amazing how Mike Officer was so able to thoroughly hack 2011 with his many wines.
The 2011 zins are near or at the top of my list of favorite Carlisle vintages.
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#1338 Post by dsimmons » March 10th, 2019, 2:55 pm

2012 Carlisle Zinfandel Papera Ranch - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley (3/10/2019)
This took an hour or so to come together but when it did it was wonderful. Drank with spaghetti and meatballs. Loads of dark fruits, licorice, chocolate. Drink or hold. (94 pts.)

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#1339 Post by Paul Miller » March 11th, 2019, 6:02 pm

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#1340 Post by David Lewin » March 11th, 2019, 9:53 pm

Had the 2011 Three Birds two nights ago. Went well with lasagna. Drinking well, but should last (at least) a few years.

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#1341 Post by ky1em!ttskus » March 19th, 2019, 6:36 pm

15 SC Syrah

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#1342 Post by William Segui » March 19th, 2019, 7:49 pm

2016 Papa's. Delicious. Fear not, trust in Mike & drink Carlisle early and often

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#1343 Post by Peter Petersen » March 19th, 2019, 8:44 pm

‘13 Montafi en mag with lamb ribs and lamborchetta. Pretty much perfect Zin.

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#1344 Post by Mike DiSalvo » March 20th, 2019, 6:53 am

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‘13 Montafi en mag with lamb ribs and lamborchetta. Pretty much perfect Zin.
That's a hellacious food and wine match if there ever was one!

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#1345 Post by Peter Petersen » March 20th, 2019, 11:09 am

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#1346 Post by J a y H a c k » March 20th, 2019, 6:32 pm

I had a 2016 Rossi Ranch Grenache last night. Soft, supple and feminine but still to early to really show its best. A bit of raspberry with some spice. Let them rest and you will be rewarded.
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#1347 Post by Peter Petersen » March 22nd, 2019, 12:21 pm

‘15 Mancini appeared somewhat taut and structured. Yielding a little spice as well. Wonder if it is in a closed phase?
I’ve had it on several occasions before and liked every time.
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#1348 Post by Bud Carey » March 22nd, 2019, 12:28 pm

On deck... 2014 Papera zin.
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#1349 Post by Michael Fess » March 22nd, 2019, 5:03 pm

2009 Cardiac Hill. This definitely has hit its downward slide. Still some black and blue fruit, bit of smoke. Drink now.

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#1350 Post by MikeHill » March 24th, 2019, 9:45 pm

2012 Monte Rosso Zin. Can’t imagine this being any better, a wonderful spectrum of fruit, some spice, not hot or jammy at all. Crowd pleaser for sure. Went great with some home made Trinidadian food, although I had to stay away from the hot sauce.

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