2007 Carlisle Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley (1/6/2010)
After trying to enjoy a bottle of wine over the last two nights (lord knows i tried), i needed a mini slump buster, and this wine did not disappoint.
The 2007 Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard (which was planted in 1927) is a blend of 92% Zinfandel and 8% mixed blacks (meaning Carignane, Petite Sirah, Grand Noir, and Alicante Bouchet).
14.8% Alcohol. 550 cases made.
Reddish purple in color. A fantastic nose sweet raspberries, flowers and a touch of brambry earth immediate upon opening (then faded). Not the most complex/extracted Carlisle I’ve had, but it has great ballance between sweet fruit (more red), acidity and tannins/spice. It may get a little better over the short term, but IMHO this is not a long term ager… i’ll drink my other bottles in 1-5 years.
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