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2012 Carlisle Zinfandel Hayne Vineyard

Napa Valley more

8/1/2015 - rustyRudy Likes this wine: 94 points

Purple. Reticent nose at first, but then comes alive with air. Excellent balance of fruit, tannins acidity and does have an interesting hit of chocolate cherry mid palate . Very enjoyable.

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2012 Carlisle Zinfandel Hayne Vineyard

Napa Valley more

8/1/2015 - andrewdodd86 Likes this wine: 95 points

The most complex of the three (vs Turley & Linne Calodo). Aromaticlly complex and impeccably well balanced. Not over the top. Little pepper. Dark red fruit and earth. Wonderful.

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2012 Carlisle Syrah Rosella's Vineyard

Santa Lucia Highlands more

8/1/2015 - Mtpisgah Likes this wine: 92 points

Fabulous wine. Dark fruits. Good balance.
Improved in the second night. Would recommend holding for another year or three for the best experience.

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2012 Carlisle Zinfandel Saitone Ranch

Russian River Valley more

7/18/2015 - PIntag wrote: NR

This started off a bit awkward but came around after leaving overnight. I should've looked at my note from 6 months ago (where I said that thought it would need a couple more years). Still, it was a nice young zin and I enjoyed it.

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2007 Carlisle Syrah James Berry Vineyard

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8/1/2015 - Loren Sonkin wrote: 96 points

Dinner with friends (Chris and Renee's): Wow. Great showing for this wine. Pop and pour, it is still young with a long life ahead. Purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, iodine, a very deep leather component. Just hauntingly beautiful. On the palate, this is tighter than the nose. With air and swirling, there are black raspberries, black pepper, and damp leather qualities. delicious. Complex. great balance. Long finish. Just a wonderful wine. Remembering back to the Saxum JBV, this seems darker, less "fruity", and that deep leathery note is really intriguing. Both great takes but different.

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2007 Carlisle Petite Sirah Dry Creek Valley

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8/1/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

This drank great with pizza last night. It shows some of the power of the 07 vintage, but it doesn't get 'big', which is always possible for petite in big years. Plenty of energy here, dark fruit, both working together to provide something really cool. I went looking for some booze in the aroma and it's just not a player either so all together, I liked this bottle for staying pretty complete with room to age longer.

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2013 Carlisle CMP

Sonoma County White Blend more

8/1/2015 - Loren Sonkin wrote: 91 points

Dinner with friends (Chris and Renee's): Another new wine for me. I liked this. A lot more cut and backbone than the Ceritas. The nose is steely with a bit of tropical fruit and some pineapple. Slightly oily in texture. On the palate, it matches the nose but with more depth to it. Nice finish. Begs for food and works great with veggies, pea hummus and cheeses. I really enjoyed this.

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2012 Carlisle Syrah James Berry Vineyard

Paso Robles more

7/31/2015 - Anonymous wrote: 92 points

Delicious blackberry fruit with black olive, herb, and earthy flavors, excellent structure, rough texture, medium finish

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2006 Carlisle Syrah James Berry Vineyard

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7/31/2015 - J @ y H @ c k Likes this wine: 93 points

Six years ago, I drank one of these, decided it was infanticide, but projected that it would be good after a few years. I waited six, popped, decanted, waited 15 minutes, and tasted with prime NY strip, fresh green beans and roasted Kale salad with blue cheese and red onions. The wine is outstanding, a WOW wine. Delicious smooth berry flavor and dark red fruit like plum. There is a bit of Northern Rhone smooth wine pepper in the last few tastes before the wine is finished. One of the few times when a family dinner with three people caused a problem - they drank MY WINE! Quick, rush to CT and see if there is another bottle for a few more years out. Oh crap! This is my last bottle. If you have it, wait a few years to see if it gets even better. My guess is that it will.

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2011 Carlisle Zinfandel Pagani Ranch Sonoma Valley

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7/30/2015 - mrmedoes Likes this wine: 93 points

For everything "wrong" with the 2011 vintage in Napa/Sonoma, Mike and team sure figured out how to make a great set of 2011 zins. This is certainly no except. Absolute killer nose, with a note of balance between something with fruit and something with finesse. An absolute steal (as are most Carlisle wines) for the price.

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2010 Carlisle Syrah Bennett Valley

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7/29/2015 - csimm1161 wrote: 87 points

On the nose, faint aromas of purple fruit and an initial whiff of alcohol. On the palate, very subtle (almost fragile) blue and purple fruit flavors. Especially light and lithe for a Carlisle Syrah. It was definitely missing some of the olive, bay leaf, and forest floor complexities I have found characteristic of Mike Officer's other Syrahs (e.g.: Papa's Block or Rosella's).

I made the mistake of decanting this wine; after an hour, what fruit had been there was virtually undetectable, instead replaced by strong cedar and wood notes. Tannins had subsided to the point that the wine offered very little by the final sips. I would suggest not only drinking now, but also limiting service to a PnP with immediate consumption. I do not recommend decanting or letting O2 get the best of what fruit is left in this wine.

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2012 Carlisle Compagni Portis

Sonoma Valley White Blend more

7/24/2015 - rdf58 Likes this wine: 92 points

Pale gold color. Very floral and aromatic. Stone fruits, lychee and rosewater with a nice minerally finish. Very tasty and distinctive.

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2010 Carlisle Syrah Sierra Mar Santa Lucia Highlands

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7/29/2015 - mtolerico Likes this wine: 92 points

Nose of Dark Fruits, cooking spices, steak juices and flowers. Palate is medium bodied, nice silky texture and medium acidity with loads of dark fruits, tar, beef blood and maybe a bit of orange fruit at the tail end (not unusual for some Carlisle Syrah). This was very good, needs some freshness at the end but I very much enjoyed this over the course of 5 hours. I wouldn't hurry, it has 3-5 years of cellar life ahead easy.

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2010 Carlisle Three Birds

Sonoma County Red Rhone Blend more

7/29/2015 - dhammer53 wrote: 89 points

Tasted over 3 nights. Wine left on the counter with the cork in. Day 1 wine smelled good. Dark color. Smooth. This drank well the first hour with just a hint of acid. After 60 minutes, serious acid arrived, making this difficult to continue drinking. The good news > HOLD this if you own it. On Day 2, the wine was much better. No acid. Really enjoyable. I saved a sip for the last day. The wine was ok, but I know my non-geek friends would have loved it. At $19 cost from the mailing list, it was good QPR, especially on the second day.

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2012 Carlisle Two Acres

Russian River Valley Red Rhone Blend more

7/28/2015 - Old Gray Hare Likes this wine: 92 points

Poured very slightly chilled after a brief, vigorous decant . On the nose fig and raspberry. Immediate excellent flavor that gradually built through floral, pine, cola and anise notes. Soft mouth feel for so much flavor. Long finish. Yummy

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2013 Carlisle Compagni Portis

Sonoma Valley White Blend more

7/28/2015 - Matt T wrote: 90 points

Bright tropical fruit profile. Very pleasant.

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2011 Carlisle Zinfandel Pagani Ranch Sonoma Valley

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7/27/2015 - lvjohn Likes this wine: 93 points

Another stunning zinfandel from Carlisle. Not at all typical of a run of the mill zinfandel. The spice is subdued and the depth of flavor and mouth feel make for a memorable experience.

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2011 Carlisle Zinfandel Monte Rosso Vineyard

Sonoma Valley more

7/27/2015 - cstir Likes this wine: 90 points

Pretty smooth on opening; improved with 30 minutes of air; balanced darker red fruit without tartness; cedar wood overtones; low level spice; no jam sense; nice complexity and finish.

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2009 Carlisle Zinfandel Bedrock Vineyard

Sonoma Valley more

7/25/2015 - btock Likes this wine: 94 points

Remarkable. This is a different kind of zin. Tons of black pepper on the nose, and roasted/charcoal. Savory, meaty, dark black fruit and a bit of earth in the background. I'm an unabashed zin fruit guy, and so enjoyed being surprised by this flavor profile. Was unexpected and very engaging. Good structure to the wine, still several years of good drinking ahead of it.

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2009 Carlisle Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard

Russian River Valley more

7/26/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

In a quick whim, I pulled this and the 09 to take a brunch. Side by side, they are indeed different. The 2008 is more red fruited while the 2009 is darker. Both had acidity and the alcs were well managed with the 2008 seeming like it might age better, given the other notes like loam and some structure. The 2009 was more opulent and riper toned than the 2008, too. I supposed it depends on what you want in your Zin both but drank very well.

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2008 Carlisle Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard

Russian River Valley more

7/26/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

In a quick whim, I pulled this and the 09 to take a brunch. Side by side, they are indeed different. The 2008 is more red fruited while the 2009 is darker. Both had acidity and the alcs were well managed with the 2008 seeming like it might age better, given the other notes like loam and some structure. The 2009 was more opulent and riper toned than the 2008, too. I supposed it depends on what you want in your Zin both but drank very well.

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2011 Carlisle Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley

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7/26/2015 - Ceo wrote: 94 points

Still a great Zin love the fruit and the balance.

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2013 Carlisle Syrah Sonoma County

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7/26/2015 - Matt T Likes this wine: 91 points

Excellent value. Good complexity with smoke, chocolate, and dark berries.

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2011 Carlisle Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard

Russian River Valley more

7/25/2015 - fredman wrote: 92 points

Another excellent Zin from Carlisle. Well-balanced and ready to drink (or to hold).

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2012 Carlisle Zinfandel Papera Ranch

Russian River Valley more

7/18/2015 - silton Likes this wine: 94 points

Had this more than a week ago at Park Kitchen in Portland. Yum. One of the best Carlisles I've had in some time, luscious and fruity, deep and smooth, not trying to be Claret and not in the least bit clumsy. Not exactly a terroir wine profile but the phat boysenberry, light herb and chocolate truffle element of the somewhat riper (?) site and the early-drinking pleasure differentiate Papera from some of the other Zins in the lineup. Drink or hold. The perfect wine to hook non-wine people into wine. Stuffy europhiles stay away!

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