TN: Two Carlisles and a Chenin


A friend’s b-day is a perfect time to open a few beauties. The chenin was a stunner. The Carlisles…were everything one comes to expect from Mike Officer’s wines - give them time and watch them blossom.

  • 1993 Olga Raffault Chinon Le Champ-Chenin - France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Chinon
    starts of funky with wool and sweet hay. with time - more floral, white flowers, touch of honeyed pineapple. mid is light, with green and yellow apples, good spike of acidity, the finish has a touch of sweet baked apples and some pepper, finishes with a zesty touch. love it… excellent “early maturity” chenin. (93 pts.)

  • 2006 Carlisle Zinfandel Rossi Ranch - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley
    This is what mature Sonoma zin is supposed to be. lush, plush and oh so full of pleasure. Opens with sweet berries and violets, but there is a hint of smoked jerky there as well. Dark garnet color. mid is berries on a velvet-textured cream. raspberries and sweet spices. back has a good deal of acid to keep this big wine fresh (you cannot taste the 15.9%) finishes with a touch of brambles over the sweet fruit. Excellent. (93 pts.)
  • 2006 Carlisle Petite Sirah Yorkville Highlands - USA, California, North Coast, Yorkville Highlands
    WOTN. Still young but showing well. cassis, rustic berry and herbs, blueberry notes on the nose as well as syrah-ish savory touch. young mid with a hint of rustic tannins. ripe black berries and fruit along with pepper and herbs. the finish is plush and long with structure to keep it balanced. just excellent and years to go. (94 pts.)

thanks again to Eric and Deb! :slight_smile:
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Thanks for the great notes!

Consider yourself invited to my next B-day :slight_smile:

Thanks for the notes, big fan of Olga, will open the 93 soon to compare. Cheers.

Thanks for the notes!

Seems like the wines all are aging beautifully. The fact that Carlisle can hide the alcohol so well after a length of time which could kill many other Zins (maybe not Sonoma Valley as much as other regions) is a testament to Mr Officer’s craft.

Rich - :slight_smile: sure thang

L - no prob. The Chenin was awesome from the get go but is quite light in color and developed well over the evening. no rush but… well i will get one or two more for sure since they are still around.

Drew - YUP. while i personally prefer the style of his RRV Zins overall (and Syrah wines as well) - i have never had a disappointing wine from Carlisle. This Rossi was a lush, velvety armchair that you want to sink into