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 Vintage2010 Label 1 of 2 
ProducerCarlisle (web)
DesignationOld Vines
SubRegionSonoma County
AppellationRussian River Valley

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2012 and 2018 (based on 8 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Carlisle Zinfandel Russian River Valley Old Vines on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.2 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 89 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Ridgerunner on 6/20/2015 & rated 93 points: This bottle just sort of pushes the bar a bit higher! Really everything you want from a Zinfandel. (335 views)
 Tasted by mrmedoes on 4/30/2015 & rated 89 points: Not my favorite Carlisle. A nice wine, and definitely enjoyable, but lacks the character of other 2010s. Bigger fruit than most, lacking the acid that most of their efforts carry (and what I believe makes them so special for the price). Definitely has some life ahead of it and I will be holding under the hope that the typical Carlisle character comes around. (485 views)
 Tasted by dougie on 3/22/2015 & rated 92 points: Surprised how much it changed over 4 hours. Rustic to fruity to balanced. (384 views)
 Tasted by gzim on 3/22/2015 & rated 92 points: Great round mouth, with red spicy berry dark aromatics and a great finish. bummed it was my last '10 Old Vines. This wine will continue for years to come. (480 views)
 Tasted by gzim on 12/27/2014 & rated 90 points: Crimson red, not as dark as many Zins. Dark red berry fruit, a touch of smoke and white pepper, but this wine is totally primary right now. I'd say wait another 5 years to see how much this can offer. Beautiful mouthfeel, (605 views)
 Tasted by budman on 10/23/2014 & rated 90 points: Pleasant blend. Very good wine, although I can see why Mike declassified it. (520 views)
 Tasted by wineismylife on 10/20/2014 & rated 93 points: WIML93

Tasted non blind.

Dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of dried herbs, plums and berries. Flavors of berries, raspberries and cherries. Medium acidity, medium tannin, full bodied. Drink or hold. (947 views)
 Tasted by mdaniel on 10/11/2014 & rated 91 points: Pop n Pour: Mike Officer can't make a bad wine. This is a wonderfully balanced Zin with a long finish that is peppery, but not too much so. An absolute pleasure to drink. (694 views)
 Tasted by Frank Murray III on 9/21/2014: Boy, this is in a good place. Went down so easy, terrific fruit and flavor and aromatics. (1066 views)
 Tasted by mtolerico on 9/20/2014 & rated 93 points: Complex and great balance, this is what Zin should taste like, period! (796 views)
 Tasted by levinml on 8/20/2014 & rated 92 points: Better this time than the previous bottle I'd had. This one was a nice weekday drinker, consistently good over three nights under pump. A little alcohol on the nose, but love the zin flavors. (790 views)
 Tasted by Vinsant on 8/8/2014: Drank very well with pulled pork tacos topped with bell peppers, pineapple, and feta. Big, bold, and balanced. Nice depth. Dark fruit, red fruit, spice, vanilla, and a note that was similar to the pineapple. Has time but drinking very well right now. (685 views)
 Tasted by Rmonty on 6/8/2014 & rated 94 points: Ruby color, with slight haze. Aromas of raspberry sorbet & all spice. Fresh picked berries of mulberry, & boysenberry, bramble and sweet rhubarb pie with fresh, baked crust. Hint of black tea on lengthy finish. Outstanding! (698 views)
 Tasted by Screameagle on 5/17/2014 & rated 91 points: A really nice zin that is drinking great right now. Why wait. We loved it. (1274 views)
 Tasted by jaumealaska on 3/30/2014 & rated 91 points: love the style, bright acid and spice in the nose (662 views)
 Tasted by alanr on 3/10/2014 & rated 89 points: This is quite ripe/jammy on the nose, on the palate as well, with intense , flavorful black boysenberry, rich and lively, with plenty of acidity to keep it in check and well balanced. Needs some rich food, BBQ, pizza to keep it company. I would recommend drinking more in the short term, not holding for any great length. (738 views)
 Tasted by madeiradog on 1/28/2014 & rated 90 points: Still very young but expressive. Needs additional time to smooth out the edges. A very complex zin with a nose of tobacco and a melange of berries and maybe a slight floral hint in the background. On the palate it is very big but restrained. Has a touch of heat but not overwhelming. (1502 views)
 Tasted by Sellar Rat on 1/16/2014 & rated 91 points: Pure zin nose of boysenberry and bramble. Pretty much carries through on the palate. Rich, grapey and not terribly complex, but very well balanced and a pure pleasure. No mistaking this for anything but Cali Zin. Papera Ranch's little brother... (1424 views)
 Tasted by rdf58 on 12/29/2013 & rated 93 points: Still youthful but drinking well. Loads of dark cherry and chocolate/mocha notes coming through, minimal oak. Fruit forward character is balanced by the acidity. Somewhat rich and full bodied but it comes across as superbly balanced. Terrific example of RRV Zin. (1183 views)
 Tasted by nectar14 on 12/16/2013 & rated 90 points: Ruby purple, pink edges. Typical Carlisle Zin nose of raspberry and black cherry, mild oak. Higher-pitched and slightly tart on the palate, but still richly fruity. Medium length finish. (1344 views)
 Tasted by slywka7 on 11/16/2013 & rated 94 points: Nose of flowers, blueberries, cherry baking spices and raspberries. Very full, thick, inviting nose. Lot going on with the palate as well with flavors of brown sugar, blueberry, raspberry, cherry with an earthy note on the finish. The finish sails on for at least 30 seconds. Rich, full bodied wine that is very rewarding. Carlisle is at the top of the food chain for California Zinfandel. (1215 views)
 Tasted by Martin Redmond on 11/13/2013 & rated 90 points: Opaque ruby color with lovely briary perfumed kirsch, and baked black and blue fruit. On the palate it's approaches full-bodied, balanced and fresh with a supple mouth feel and an intense core of blackberry, blueberry, and cherry and black raspberry flavors. Long finish. (1196 views)
 Tasted by DavidDay on 11/9/2013 & rated 91 points: Black raspberry with sweet black cherries, blackberries on the nose, perfect balance on the palate (999 views)
 Tasted by Lessthanzero on 11/3/2013 & rated 91 points: as a zin this is pretty enticing. Much more balanced than its 16% alc would suggest. Dark fruits, well integrated tannins and enough acidity to think it could last a couple of years. The fruit is ripe, borderline pruney, but the right side of the border. Another good call for Mike. (1050 views)
 Tasted by EhrlichDY on 10/31/2013 & rated 91 points: Grapey fruit and bramble. Fruit forward and luscious. A burly wine for drinking on it's own rather than with food. Delicious. (1080 views)
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2012, IWC Issue #162
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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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