2010 Carlisle Zinfandel Old Vines


  • USA
  • California
  • Sonoma County
  • Russian River Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 69

  • night train Likes this wine: (90 points)

    July 3, 2016 - Opened about 45 minutes before tasting. Assertive nose - black and blue fruits, along with a healthy dose of vanilla. Big fruit on the palate, a rich texture, and a very good finish. Had a hint of citrus-like acidity that became more pronounced over the next 60 to 90 minutes. By the end of the bottle, the acidity had become the dominant flavor. Great with rich, fatty foods, but not that pleasant by itself. Probably has not yet reached its peak.

  • Jettoy1992 Likes this wine: (92 points)

    June 3, 2016 - Very nice venturi into decanter 1 hr in now starting to work. Another year easily b

  • Ed B wrote: (91 points)

    May 11, 2016 - Decanted thru aerator and screen and drank after 10 minutes over the next four hours. Opaque purplish-red. Unidentifiable mixture of dark and red fruit, 2:1 dark. Enuf spice to be interesting. Full body. Long and changing finish. Very enjoyable.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2012, IWC Issue #162 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • 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

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 300 (43%)
  • Consumed 397 (57%)

Food Pairing

Shrimp Tacos, Turkey Burger

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