Wine Spectator Insider just hit, and Carilsle Sonoma Syrah 2009 gets 97 points for a $25 wine.
While I have no doubt this is a solid bottle of wine, and well priced at $25…Is there any prayer this is 97 points good?
Unreal. This will be $75 everywhere by tomorrow afternoon.
I understand a second run is being produced as we speak.
[insert appropriate smiley here]
Disclaimer: This was a joke, in case there was any doubt. I do not know Mr. Officer personally but he seems like a class act. No aspersion intended. Just for a laugh. And yes, I know that if you have to explain a joke, it isn’t funny.
This runs against the current a bit, but I’ll say that it does reinforce the fact that WS critics taste wines blind and are not influenced by the label or price tag in giving out scores, and I think that’s commendable even if it can produce some outlying results here and there.
We see all the time how that can happen in blind tastings, like EWS and GJE, where a $30 wine bests a bunch of $100+ wines with a big pedigree.
The bummer for me is that my time on the Carlisle waiting list (thus far about 2 years) probably only gets longer the more critical praise comes along in the meantime.
Just a side note, everything thing I tried from Carlisle in 2009 was at least excellent and many better than that. Mike told me before we started he thought the 2009 Zins were the best he ever made (and he NEVER says that and is very modest), and I would agree. The Montafi, Martinelli and Monte Rosso were off the charts good.
Exactly. Blind takes out the bias for label and price. And in this case, I can absolutely see how this wine could have been judged as it was. Tasted it at the pickup event last month, and it definitely caught my attention, with plenty of beautiful dark, reserved, fruit, excellent structure, meaty and brooding. I was immediately sorry I hadn’t bought any, but consoled by the fact that the vineyard wines are yet to be released.
That was my first thought, but then I remembered that a California 97 point syrah was the WOTY last year, and when you add in the fact that syrah is highly unpopular with the wine buying public these days, I can’t see it. Should be an easy top 10, though.