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 Vintage2010 Label 1 of 3 
ProducerCarlisle (web)
SubRegionSonoma County
AppellationBennett Valley
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Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2014 and 2021 (based on 12 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Carlisle Syrah Bennett Valley on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 89.9 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 82 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by rdf58 on 7/11/2015 & rated 90 points: Dark, cool climate syrah with North Rhone sensibilities. Somewhat rustic structure with dusty tannins and savory notes. (412 views)
 Tasted by JavaMonkey on 6/5/2015 & rated 90 points: Very nice, and drinking beautifully right now. Dark purple-red. Raspberry, a little strawberry twizzler, some basil, smoke. Full bodied, not too heavy, nice balance. Delicious. (698 views)
 Tasted by cmr on 5/16/2015 & rated 89 points: Nice syrah, not a great qpr but enjoyable. The body came across as a little thin but overall on the palate it was quite tasty. (718 views)
 Tasted by DeadheadKurt on 5/3/2015 & rated 90 points: 3 hour decant. Nice blue/black fruit, tea flavor and mild tannins. Had it with grilled beef steak but I think a pork tenderloin with Asian spices would have been a better match. Nice wine. (785 views)
 Tasted by cstir on 4/11/2015 & rated 89 points: Very easy to drink; I would prefer a little more complexity but this wine is well balanced and flavorful; dark red fruit; no spice. (898 views)
 Tasted by Loren Sonkin on 4/6/2015 & rated 92 points: This is starting to come around. It still needs some time or air. After a few hours it was singing though. The nose has boysenberries, some charred wood, and floral notes. This drinks cooler climate with more earthiness and minerals, but still plenty of fruit. With air, more fruit emerges. nice texture. Nice finish. (1135 views)
 Tasted by BklynNeophyte on 3/9/2015 & rated 88 points: This has varied greatly, bottle to bottle (967 views)
 Tasted by David_T on 2/19/2015 & rated 90 points: Aromas of dark fruit, beef jerky and a bit of pepper. The palate largely matches: fruit initially, then a spicy/peppery midpalate than a somewhat lengthy beef jerky/soy sauce finish. Quite tasty, light+ acid/tannins. Drinkable now but I look forward to seeing where it goes the next few years. (866 views)
 Tasted by cstir on 2/8/2015 & rated 88 points: Enjoyable with reasonable fruit and balance; modest finish. (941 views)
 Tasted by gzim on 2/2/2015 & rated 86 points: Popped and poured which did not work for this wine on this night.
Some dark fruit, but more white pepper and sharpish tannins than I would have liked. It felt a bit disjointed to me, and did not improve in the hour I followed it. It felt flat and a little hollow in the mid-palate - the fruit just didn't expand.
I am hoping the 2nd half of this bottle will show better (which was gently poured immediately into a 375 and re-corked with the original cork). (874 views)
 Tasted by Djfermentation on 1/17/2015 & rated 92 points: Wonderfully well balanced and made cool climate Syrah. This is the style of Syrah for me, not over the top at all... (886 views)
 Tasted by Martin Redmond on 12/30/2014 & rated 92 points: Make my funk the "C" funk! That's the first thought that came into my mind when I opened this outstanding cool-climate Syrah. It's nearly opaque purple color. With some air that "funk (which I personally dig) is replaced with black fruits, violets, and graphite aromas that leap from the glass. On the palate it's lighter-bodied, and polished with a harmonious character that shows blackberry, black raspberry, and a bit of boysenberry flavors. Long mineral laced finish. #keepsyrahweird (954 views)
 Tasted by Mtnmd1 on 12/23/2014 & rated 91 points: Enjoyed on PNP. Medium body, dark. Good fruit, good finish all the way. (868 views)
 Tasted by rdf58 on 12/1/2014 & rated 90 points: Very dark color with a Northern Rhone-like flavor profile and some dusty tannins. A bit lighter and less intense than some of the other Sonoma syrahs (ie, Papa's Block). Food friendly and enjoyable. (1125 views)
 Tasted by cstir on 11/22/2014 & rated 88 points: Enjoyable but not memorable; has balanced flavor of modest depth; pleasant finish. (928 views)
 Tasted by mtolerico on 10/28/2014 & rated 91 points: very good overall, needs more delineation of fruit, some of the flavors are muddled together, but it has very good balance. Good overall and enjoyable. (1183 views)
 Tasted by dougie on 10/16/2014 & rated 91 points: Rustic. Needs a couple of more years. (1149 views)
 Tasted by mpricher on 9/27/2014 & rated 90 points: Dark purple. little light passes thru. Nose of blue fruit, some menthol, and saddle leather. lots of alcohol up front, this blew off over an hour and this opened to a very nice Syrah. Not mind blowing like some others but very good. some veggie black olive or truffle notes with the fruit make this food flexible. (1103 views)
 Tasted by 97edwardc on 7/21/2014 & rated 92 points: A year and a half ago this was a disappointment. Now it is a delicious revelation. Enjoy! (1669 views)
 Tasted by Mattshank on 6/7/2014: Unlike the last bottle (notes on 4/5/13) this one was dead with little acid or tannin. Nose was still ok but not as good. Judgement reserved...no score. (1700 views)
 Tasted by haldolugr on 5/15/2014 & rated 87 points: A very solid Syrah. Drank a few days ago so the flavor notes aren't fresh in my mind. (1811 views)
 Tasted by brigcampbell on 5/9/2014: Dark purple and garnet color. Nose shows dark berries and red fruit. Palate is very complex but no single element is dominate. Light red berries, sage, black olive, medium toast, limestone, and garrigue. Tannins are present but very fine. Medium finish. Very similar to my previous note 1 1/2 years ago. This is holding up very well, no rush to drink and I still have four bottles left so I'll slow roll them. (1655 views)
 Tasted by haldolugr on 3/30/2014 & rated 88 points: There is a funk on the nose that isn't in the wine, but throws you off as you go in for a drink. Dark black and blue fruit with a solid finish. More of a medium bodied Syrah, not as big and expressive as other syrahs but still really good. (1711 views)
 Tasted by mmurry on 3/12/2014 & rated 90 points: blueberry and raspberry on the nose, with spice and leather, and some smoke and meat juice at the end. Leather and meat on the palate, with spice and smoke on the mid-palate, and a slight red fruit finish. (1701 views)
 Tasted by PIntag on 3/9/2014 & rated 88 points: Smoky, with some chalky tannins reminiscent of cocoa powder. Oak is a little strong for my tastes. Fruit is there but masked by all of the other stuff going on in this wine. I liked it, but it's definitely not one of my favorites from Carlisle. (1607 views)
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Producer website

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.

2010 Carlisle Syrah Bennett Valley

2010 Bennett Valley Syrah

52% Bennett Valley Syrah, Jemrose Vineyard 48% Bennett Valley Syrah, Steiner Vineyard

pH: 3.79 T.A.: 0.54 g/100mL Alcohol: 13.8% Cases Produced: 48

Although our Jemrose fruit is usually bottled on its own as “Cardiac Hill”, we found that in this vintage, blending with Syrah from Steiner Vineyard created a better wine. Both vineyards were picked near the very end of harvest on October 21st. Approximately 20% of each lot was not destemmed. After 19 days on the skins, each lot was pressed to French oak, 35% new, and then blended after malolactic fermentation. Unfined and unfiltered.

Tasting Note: Very dark crimson purple. Nearly opaque. Explosive aromas of blackberry, graphite, and spring flowers. Really blossoms with air. The wine enters smoothly, displaying plenty of black and blue fruit with a note of violet. Quite suave and sophisticated on the palate with caressing tannins on the finish. A beautifully balanced cool-climate Syrah that has a long, long life ahead of it. Optimum drinking should be 2015 to 2025. (MRO – 07/18/12)

Suggested Retail: $33


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