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 Vintage2011 Label 1 of 21 
ProducerCarlisle (web)
DesignationPapa's Block
SubRegionSonoma County
AppellationRussian River Valley

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2015 and 2022 (based on 29 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 65 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by wineismylife on 1/16/2016 & rated 93 points: WIML93

Tasted non blind.

Dark garnet to purple color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of lavender, plums, currants, pepper and black berries. Flavors of boysenberries, raspberries and plums. Medium acidity, medium tannin, full bodied. Drink or hold. (736 views)
 Tasted by dhammer53 on 12/19/2015: Couldn't find the '10, so I popped the '11 at the family Hanuakkah party. No notes. A few tannins. Really dark color. Certainly not like other Papa's Blocks that I've tasted. Considering all the talk about this, I was disappointed. (857 views)
 Tasted by burgbob on 12/15/2015 & rated 91 points: A bit toned down and leaner than the Carlisle zins. Good integration and length, but missing any extra excitement. Not sure if aging will help or not. (1010 views)
 Tasted by cstir on 12/5/2015 & rated 91 points: Full flavored, nice balance with good depth and complexity; tart dark red fruit; lasting finish. (949 views)
 Tasted by ogres3 on 11/26/2015 & rated 92 points: Solid full bodied black and blue fruit forward wine. Pleasant, integrated, long finish. Very typical Carlisle wine. (873 views)
 Tasted by maxmanx on 10/24/2015: This really needs a lot of air. (1185 views)
 Tasted by Nutty08 on 10/8/2015 & rated 91 points: Softer than most years, but still with a fine tannic spice. A nice blend of forward purple fruit, pepper, spice, vanilla, and coffee. Solid cali syrah with plenty of pepper and spice character. (1228 views)
 Tasted by brianngibson on 9/12/2015 & rated 93 points: Couldn't help myself. Drank my three bottles too soon ... Before the window even started per the WA review. But this was my first vintage of this producer and this great vineyard, so I was anxious to pop them. No disappointment. Floral, grilled meat, blackberry, and nice acidity to cleanse the palate on the finish. (1156 views)
 Tasted by Frank Murray III on 8/22/2015: Opened and poured, with admittedly some high hopes, as I had a '11 Rosella's syrah last night that left me a bit disappointed. Ah, much better. Juicy, tangy, with aromas of pepper, florals and embers. The vintage also helps here, to pull back on the throttle, as this is a lot different in weight and density in comparison to the '10 I drank last month. That was measurably bigger and while I like both, I do have a fondness with the '11 Carlisle vintage over the '10, regardless of the varietal or vineyard. Has the cooked meat and dark fruit quality that I wanted today, with the buffering acidity and really terrific palate weight. Oh, and this is with just 30 mins of air....finished about 4 hrs later, actually at what would be a fairly warm room temp of 75. Dark, inky, with whole cluster, good dollop of dark fruit, herb. Very good for a '11 and worth a reload! (1382 views)
 Tasted by Castle Peak on 8/8/2015 & rated 93 points: A big yet elegant wine. Wonderful balance and really fun to drink. Day two it softened and had a creamy texture from entry to the lengthy finish. (1160 views)
 Tasted by docvino.com on 6/6/2015 & rated 92 points: Good balance and finish length, lighter than past years but still great juice! (1525 views)
 Tasted by rdf58 on 5/19/2015 & rated 93 points: Beautifully balanced, medium bodied syrah. Could age it longer but it's pretty hard to resist now. (1664 views)
 Tasted by BigJPwineman on 4/30/2015 & rated 93 points: No formal note. I enjoyed this too much to think about it too hard. (1689 views)
 Tasted by Mtnmd1 on 4/10/2015 & rated 92 points: Did well with some air as it was a little tight on first pour. Enjoyed over 2 days. Good acid/fruit, balanced (1770 views)
 Tasted by rdf58 on 3/25/2015 & rated 93 points: Dark ruby color. Floral and earthy aromas. Nice blueberry fruit with undertones of lavender and violet. Medium body with soft tannins. Very lively and youthful at this point but everything is in great balance. Very tasty Sonoma syrah. (1713 views)
 Tasted by hanasowner on 1/25/2015 & rated 89 points: Popped and poured...agree with an earlier post about a lack of fruit...likely needs more time and certainly would have benefited from a decant as it was some "heat" at first that needed to blow off...hoping for better on Day 2. (1615 views)
 Tasted by bundydavis on 1/22/2015 & rated 90 points: Tasted next to the 2012 Papa's and I much preferred the 2012 vintage. This wine was lacking the fruit that 2012 had. (1428 views)
 Tasted by BklynNeophyte on 12/12/2014: Big, and heavily fruited at this early point. Much better the second night. All the Syrah characterics show here, except subtlety. (1639 views)
 Tasted by Mattshank on 10/11/2014 & rated 93 points: Very similar to last notes on 3/9/14 (see those for more detail). Just a stellar wine! The big fruits and amazingly complex nose along with a solid acidic spine providing lift and verve. It is showing so well now yet certainly can age, but why wait? Went great with New York Strips and boneless Ribeye on the Weber charcoal grill. This is one mailing list I do not think I will ever leave! (1905 views)
 Tasted by jamieirving on 8/15/2014 & rated 95 points: Full bodied, ripe fruit, white pepper. Excellent! (2301 views)
 Tasted by dky on 7/27/2014: Too early. Decanted for about an hour. Only after about 2 hours did I get much on the nose...red fruit and some floral components. solid tannins and acidity. more red fruit on the palate with some of the floral component along with some earthiness. (2324 views)
 Tasted by jeagle on 7/22/2014 & rated 90 points: Decanted for 3 hours then consumed over two days. Rating is based upon day one which displayed pleasant, if light, fruit and a sleek structure beginning to come together. The wine disassembled by day two turning noticeably acidic. (2293 views)
 Tasted by Frank Murray III on 7/22/2014: Second bottle this year, with prior bottle being part of the Carlisle dinner we did in May. That bottle was part of a dozen others we tasted so the bottle for the note here is being tasted alone, with a day of air and proper temp. So what's here this time? There is certainly acid, and as compared to past Papa's, say 2007, I enjoy this 2011 better. Mix of some purple flower aromatics and light stem/cluster, with a palate of tar, zesty licorice, red and black charry fruit and some espresso. I find some creaminess too that adds a plushness and all together, the wine has moderate complexity and a good, zesty finish. And for the 3rd day, the last glass, this wine has picked up enough weight that it's quite nice now and the fruit is nicely present. Yes, acidity is here but the red fruit has made its way over to blue and black and it's lively, balanced and quite good. All in, Mike did a fine job with this wine. Drink window? I don't see this being a long ager, and in fact I would recommend to drink now and for the next 3-4 years. (2676 views)
 Tasted by twelch on 6/30/2014 & rated 92 points: this really surprised me given the vintage. I do think this is somewhat of an early drinker but it was very tasty. Big nose of dark fruit and black pepper along with a smoky meat characteristic. Drank really well. No noticeable heat. (1918 views)
 Tasted by brigcampbell on 5/4/2014: Carlisle Winemaker Dinner with Mike Officer (Luciana's, Dana Point, CA): Lightest color in the flight of Papa's which is a theme for '11. Not giving up much on the nose. Sweet blackberry and a delicate palate. Drinking beautifully right now. (2178 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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