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 Vintage2010 Label 1 of 13 
ProducerCarlisle (web)
DesignationPapa's Block
SubRegionSonoma County
AppellationRussian River Valley

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2013 and 2020 (based on 34 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Carlisle Syrah Papa`s Block on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 92.1 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 102 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by scott w on 7/16/2015 & rated 92 points: It's release day so I thought I would pop one and i'm glad I did. Dark fruit blackberry, blueberry with meaty olives. Good balance of acid, bright and delicious. (602 views)
 Tasted by ravbik on 7/15/2015 & rated 91 points: Lush fruity Syrah . Softer edges. (608 views)
 Tasted by Frank Murray III on 7/5/2015: I waited a couple years between bottles, with the last being in 2013. Opened this bottle last night, as I wanted something from the cellar that was a bit more fruit centric, plusher--so, go with the Papa's as this consistently delivers. Here is the thing for me with Mike's syrahs, what I like about them. They give me fruit with plusher textures. And yet, they have edges. Let's use this Papa's to make my point. First off, dark color, mainly a maroonish purple. There is the Carlisle texture, where there is a gentle, full palate presentation, not of the leaner side of things. This is labeled at 15.9% abv, and yet there is no booze nor distraction within the aromatic. And I wonder if the abv is lower, as I don't feel bonked the head after a glass, FWIW. And to the point about having edges, this wine exhibits the imprint of whole cluster--garrigue, cooked meat, steak sauce, pepper, yet wrapped around all that is the plusher, dark raspberry and blackberry fruit. Oh, and there's acidity too. This ain't flabby or unbalanced, as there is a lively zing that sits in the finish of the wine, along with good structure. All in, this is just great CA syrah. I'm really lasered down to just a few syrah producers, and really mostly the fragile palate stuff that lies in the low abv spectrum of things. However, with Mike's syrahs, with the Papa's, Rosella's and the AVA cuvees, these remain on my purchase list. Mike's syrahs provide a great counterpoint to Copain and Wind Gap, more like the Riverain syrahs, and all of them fit on my short list for syrah I buy now and enjoy. Love this 2010 Papa's. (988 views)
 Tasted by Loren Sonkin on 7/4/2015 & rated 94 points: Dinner with Friends (Edwin's/Our Backyard by the Fire): I know this was young, but that's how my wife loves her wines. It turned out everyone else did too. Pop and pour, this showed great from the get go and kept improving until it was drained a short time later. Purple in color. The nose has black olives, black raspberries, black pepper and slight grilled meats. Great juicy, lush texture. Very easy to drink. Great with our food. (882 views)
 Tasted by cobbpa on 7/4/2015 & rated 86 points: Large & dark. Full of glossy fruit, this was delicious but felt a bit boozy. (347 views)
 Tasted by swillpower on 5/12/2015: This one is ripe for the taking. From the first pour, it gives loads of meaty black fruits. Perhaps the best part, though, is the rich cocoa/mocha overtone that keeps it compelling and holds everything together. A rich, but balanced, treat. It will likely be fine for a few years, but my remaining bottles won't last that long. (1227 views)
 Tasted by PSUSteve on 5/8/2015 & rated 92 points: Decanted for an hour and drank over the next 90 minutes. Deep black fruit with olive interlaced. Red fruit which was slightly out of place appeared in the middle. (1046 views)
 Tasted by Dutradan on 4/6/2015 & rated 90 points: Big fruit maybe a little flabby right now. Tannins soft and sweet. Great start good middle but the end floats away leaving me wondering what just happened. Overall I like it and I wish I could rate it higher. Will try on the next bottle. Overall a really good wine and maybe I was just expecting a little more. (1534 views)
 Tasted by *Vine* on 3/15/2015: Popped and poured. Deep purple/violet, youthful. Expressive aromas immediately off the pop of black pepper, crushed stones, spicy oak and dark fruits, the latter two elements gaining prominence with aeration. Medium-plus body. More fruit on the palate and even more stony mineral notes. Nicely balanced with smooth, well-integrated tannins on the plus close. Drinking nicely right now and will age for many years, great stuff. (1452 views)
 Tasted by B Paul on 2/22/2015 & rated 91 points: Nice, as always, but this is a big, big wine. Drink or hold. (1541 views)
 Tasted by greekwineaux on 1/12/2015 & rated 94 points: At a buddy's house, my contribution for the evening. It's predecessor, Tom's bottle of Sanguis Misfit, took a back seat three cars behind this one, which was a unanimous feeling at the table. I can't think of a label that pound for pound delivers the goods better than Carlisle. In greek we say "axios" to those that are worthy-this bottle warrants such designation. (1734 views)
 Tasted by mclancy10006 on 1/11/2015 & rated 90 points: Needs more time. Cherry leather and firm acidity. Visit again in 2+years (1533 views)
 Tasted by Screameagle on 1/10/2015 & rated 94 points: This was our 5th bottle of this wine and by far the best even with a pop and pour. One of our favorite of Mike's syrahs which we find drink best after a few years of age. Over 15% alcohol but doesn't show it. If you have any of these left in your cellar you are very lucky. Drink now or over the coming 3-5 years. (1648 views)
 Tasted by jaumealaska on 1/10/2015 & rated 90 points: expressive nose with a little garrigue, dark fruit. good balance with bright acid balancing the tannins and high alcohol--about 15%. I think it could use another 2 to 4 years to balance everything out and would probably match the other scores-clearly well made but not integrated yet. (1437 views)
 Tasted by Giggs on 1/6/2015 & rated 91 points: Decanted 30 minutes. Big, textured Syrah. Raspberry liqueur, mint, graphite, red plum, black cherry. Very tasty, though not complex or interesting enough for me to buy more. Drink now-2020. (1519 views)
 Tasted by KristianT on 1/3/2015 & rated 93 points: Distinctly Carlisle. Fresh and elegant yet profoundly intense. Notes of raspberry, pepper and thyme. Very youthful but also forthcoming - should keep for at least a decade. (1259 views)
 Tasted by ews3 on 1/1/2015 & rated 95 points: Everything there. No formal note, but this was stellar, with lots of fruit, clove, and black pepper, but a light mouthfeel and no heat on a long finish. Acid really helps keep this in balance. Really lovely and a reminder of why I buy as much Papa's Block as they'll sell me (and then some!). Unbelievable value. (1314 views)
 Tasted by nectar14 on 11/30/2014 & rated 93 points: Opaque purple ruby black. Evolving, rich nose included blackberry, mint, cured meat, crushed rocks, and raspberry liqueur. Full, rich, thick in the mouth, sporting lots of intense and detailed flavors, finishing long. Hedonistic, and unabashedly American; I don't think you could confuse this with something from Northern Rhone, but that's not a negative. It's loud and proud. Should drink like this for another 5-8 yrs, perhaps, before it turns down the volume a bit. (1705 views)
 Tasted by mpricher on 10/22/2014 & rated 92 points: Cellar clearing... Drank months ago. Loved it (1974 views)
 Tasted by rdf58 on 8/11/2014 & rated 94 points: Virtually nothing to change from a 11 months ago: Deep red-purple, almost opaque color. All smoke and blueberry flavors. Terrific warm vintage fruit that is almost sweet with underlying cool climate herbal notes and textures. Beautiful balance of fruit and savory notes. Rich mouth feel but completely balanced with well integrated tannins. Papa's Block is always my top Carlisle syrah and this may be the best one yet. (2355 views)
 Tasted by Ceo on 8/8/2014 & rated 94 points: Plums rasp berry's with body and structure. Long finish. A great wine every year. (2190 views)
 Tasted by lvjohn on 7/28/2014 & rated 93 points: This is remarkable wine! Rich, penetrating flavors of plums, black raspberries, spice, and pepper, but without ant sense of heaviness. (2482 views)
 Tasted by wineismylife on 7/26/2014 & rated 92 points: WIML92

Opened and served immediately. Followed over about 90 minutes.

Dark garnet color in the glass, fairly clear looking. Nose of raspberries, berries, leather and smoke. Flavors of raspberries, plums, berries and a hint of cherries. Medium acidity, medium tannin, full bodied. Drink now with a little air time or over the next 2-6 years. Best guess. (2429 views)
 Tasted by SineQuaNon on 7/19/2014 & rated 93 points: Yeehaw, Mike does it again! Cool blue fruits and a lot of smoke. Loved it! (2154 views)
 Tasted by Screameagle on 6/20/2014 & rated 90 points: Didn't wow me as much as previous bottles. Still a nice wine however (2247 views)
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We are a small Sonoma County winery specializing in the production of old-vine, vineyard designated zinfandels and red Rhone varieties (syrah, grenache, mourvèdre, and petite sirah). While we like our wines to be bold, rich, and intensely flavored, each reflecting a sense of place, its origins in the vineyard, we also strive to create wines of balance, complexity, and perhaps most importantly, pleasure.
Rich. Lusty. Hedonistic. These are some of the descriptors we often hear applied to our wines. However, we also hear the words elegant, balanced, complex. Yes, through hard work in the vineyard and winery, we believe you can have it all, the best of both worlds. Our approach to winemaking is simple, yet difficult. We prefer to intervene in nature’s process as little as possible but we will leave no stone unturned in our quest to maximize the quality of each wine we produce.


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