TN: Three Carlisle PetiteSirahs '07...(short/boring)

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TN: Three Carlisle PetiteSirahs '07...(short/boring)

#1 Post by TomHill » September 14th, 2020, 10:55 am

Had these three over the last few days:
1. Carlisle PetiteSirah DryCreekVlly (14.8%; 85 cs) 2007: Black color w/ some bricking; strong blackberry/PS slight earthy/peppery some toasty/oak fairly classic clunky/oafish/PS nose; soft bit hot/alcoholic strong blackberry/boysenberry/PS slight peppery some toasty/oak flavor w/ light ripe/drying tannins; very long soft slight tangy/metallic strong blackberry/PS/boysenberry slight peppery bit oafish finish w/ light tangy tannins; a fairly classic oafish PS & not as distinctive as the other two; still plenty of PS but starting to show that metallic edge and not going to get any better.
2. Carlisle PetiteSirah YorkvilleHighlands (14.1%; 155 cs) 2007: Very dark/near black color w/ slight bricking; very strong blackberry/boysenberry/PS some black pepper modest toasty/oak bit earthy fairly complex nose; soft very strong blackberry/boysenberry/PS/ripe bit peppery/earthy some toasty/oak slight tangy/metallic flavor w/ light ripe/soft tannins; very long strong blackberry/PS/boysenberry/ripe/slight peppery modest toasty/oak finish w/ light ripe tannins; a pretty classic PS that has softened but not really developed much complexity; pretty tasty but ready to drink up.
3. Carlisle PetiteSirah PalisadesVnyd/NapaVlly (15.0%; 40 yr old vines; 115 cs) 2007: Black color w/ slight bricking; intense ripe/boysenberry/blackberry/PS/licorice/peppery light toasty/pencilly/oak slight dusty/OV/earthy nose; soft slight minty/menthol intense blackberry/boysenberry/licorice/peppery light toasty/oak fairly dusty/OV slight alcoholic/ripe chocolaty/ripe flavor w/ light smooth tannins; very long/lingering intense boysenberry/blackberry/ripe PS/licorice/chocolaty light toasty/oak finish w/ light smooth/ripe tannins; still loads of primary PS fruit but tannins have moderated & not much complexity developed; probably as good as it'll ever be.
A wee BloodyPulpit:
1. Of these three PS, I found the YorkvilleHighlands a bit more interesting & balanced (if you can call it that) but the Palisades has still massive fruit but I doubt it'll ever develop much complexity. Something rare to find in PS.

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Re: TN: Three Carlisle PetiteSirahs '07...(short/boring)

#2 Post by Todd Laubach » September 15th, 2020, 11:34 am

If finished up the last of my 2007s in last 12 months so. Your assessment is spot on. The wines seem to hold on after all these years but they don't develop any interesting complexity IMO similarly to Carlisle syrah's. In the last 10 vintages or so, I have stuck with only Mike's zinfandel's which are wonderful.

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#3 Post by Brian Lynch » September 15th, 2020, 4:55 pm

I have good number of these so thanks for the timely note. Will definitely enjoy outside in a month or two when temps go down a bit and I can get some savory fall meals on a slow cook cycle. Cheers!
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Re: TN: Three Carlisle PetiteSirahs '07...(short/boring)

#4 Post by Markus S » September 15th, 2020, 5:56 pm

13 years is quite young for a Petite Sirah, but you think they won't improve? I still have a 2002 I am waiting on!
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