I have a mix of Switchback Ridge and Carlisle in the cellar, which is really the extent of my PS inventory, with a little Mending Wall, too. Decided tonight to get one of these 2015s open and it's so good. Pleasure in a bottle, California red captured as joy for a glass. Thanks for reading.
- 2015 Carlisle Petite Sirah Palisades Vineyard - USA, California, Napa Valley (1/5/2019)
About 18 months since the last bottle. It's a rainy, cool winter night in the OC so figured this would be a good match to beat back the season. I opened this about an hour ago, sipped on some low alc 2015 Girardet Seyval Blanc from Oregon first to engage my palate (which BTW is a stunning wine for less than $30). After a glass of that with some cheese, poured this to switch to red. Like the bottle from June 2017, this is so aromatically floral, wafting out of the glass with just a mix of flowers. The palate is juicy and full of blackberry fruit, and if you can visualize pure blueberries in your hand, then popped into your mouth, crunching down on the acidity and flavors, you'll have it. There is blueberry here too, again like you would find at the fruit stand that comes in those blue pulp boxes. Juicy like those are. There is some chocolate here too, and yet I am not finding the iron that was in the 2017 bottle. Finishes with a charcoal and lightly ferrous note. This is drinking quite well now and I don't see a wall of structure in this wine but if it comes through later as the 2017 bottle kind of showed, I will revise my note. Right now, it's purely delicious Palisades petite.