TN: 2003 Carlisle Two Acres (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

  • 2003 Carlisle Two Acres - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley (9/24/2012)
    The wine is a deep, saturated maroon color with a touch of bricking at the edge. The very pleasing and inviting nose features blackberries, licorice, tree bark, leather, meat juices, dried herbs, violets, and a touch of Asian spices. The wine is fairly full bodied with nice, ripe tannins and good acidity. On the palate there are nice, spicy berries with just a touch of earthiness and a hit of dark chocolate. Even though the nose and palate are top notch, the finish is probably the best part of the wine. The finish is very long and loaded with berries, chocolate, dried herbs, and earthiness with just a bit of a meaty element. The length is incredible! There are absolutely no rough edges or any overly dominant tastes or aromas in this wine. This wine is in a perfect drinking window, if I had more, I’d recommend drinking over the next year or two. (95 pts.)

I killed off my oldest vintage in an 8 year vertical, but it was so worth it.

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Cliff thanks. I’ve found that these always seem to improve with age, but I’ve never held one that long!

Cliff, Thanks for the nice TN, I haven’t tried that one in a while. The '02 is still a stunner and apparently even older ones are surviving nicely.

Thanks for the note. Generally my favorite Carlisle wine but I don’t seem to have any of the 03.