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2010 Carlisle Zinfandel Old Vines
- Sonoma County
- Russian River Valley
Community Tasting Notes 66
Frank Murray III wrote:
January 30, 2016 - My last bottle, drinking at 65f and it's cellar cool as I opened it about 30 mins ago. The aromatic has a fruit bowl character, like a blend of ripe fruit that lifts out of the glass. No heat, though. The core of this wine is pretty large, full of boysen and cherry fruit, with a syrup note. What I mean is that the ripeness of the fruit here gives the wine a berry flavor that comes off with a sweetness. And, there is some fuel in this wine, as I had a large bowl of chili with it and I can already feel the alc hitting my body with just a few ozs, even with the food. The finish shows a zip of acidity that buffers the fruit and keeps it fresh, some light chocolate, sweet earthy cherry, blackberry, a lot of flavor. I like the flavors but the alc I can feel and I won't be able to enjoy more than say a glass or so....Day 2, same tasting context. The alcohol is now present in the aromatic, joined with the fruit. It's got a bit more of the cherry syrup feeling and it's warm. This bottle isn't doing it for me, given it's fuel and richer edges and yet I know others will like it.1 person found this helpful Comment
sawira wrote: (94 points)
November 1, 2015 - #3 of 4. Last bottle was definitely an aberration. This is brilliant - has that "grapesickle" flavor profile I adore. Huge, crisp and deep black and red fruits, a perfectly balancing dose (not insubstantial) of delicious vanillin oak, massive mid-palate and quite adequate length. No imbalance or overt etoh. Awesome. At a beautiful peak now, and for another year or two. Up there with some of Mike's best, and this from a hugely challenging vintage. I kind of like the blend of Montafi's huge black fruited brashness, with the precision, cut and clarity of the Carlisle. Killer bottle.
Next night. This seems to be cracking up a bit and shows some disjointedness and heat on the finish. Drink soon. I'd call this 94 pts at its peak, and if drunk soon.2 people found this helpful Comment
snarfglk wrote: (91 points)
August 27, 2015 - This was a fabulous zinfandel with a whopping 15.9% alcohol! Felt, rather than tasted the heat (later). A great zin.
btock wrote: (90 points)
August 25, 2015 - Looking for a bottle to note a b-day and the prominent use of the word "old" in this one off bottling seemed to fit the bill. An interesting blend from the two sites. I think in the end I like the single vineyard expressions better (let the power of Montafi and purity of Carlisle stand alone) but a very nice zin. Well balanced and improved in the glass as the night went on. Core red/purple fruit, nice backbone, no rough edges! Good now, but could hold a couple years longer.
DSimmons Likes this wine: (94 points)
July 14, 2015 - First of these last night. Sweet! Open the bottle about an hour before drinking. Classic zin.
Pro Reviews 1
By Stephen Tanzer
May/June 2012, IWC Issue #162 (link)
(Carlisle Winery Zinfandel Old Vines Russian River Valley) Subscribe to see review text.
- Vintage 2010
- Type Red
- Producer Carlisle
- Varietal Zinfandel
- Designation Old Vines
- Vineyard n/a
- Country USA
- Region California
- SubRegion Sonoma County
- Appellation Russian River Valley
- Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
- In Cellars 308 (45%)
- Consumed 384 (55%)