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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Carlisle In The OC: This was part of the 3 bottle Papa's flight, joining the 2007 and 2012. Of the three, this 2011 is the leanest, more rugged and the vintage here shows its presence. The aromatic is distinctive, as at first reminding me of alcohol but in thinking more about the wine last night, my thought is that the whole cluster and vintage defined the aromatic. I found some lavender and a juicier wine here and so for me, simply a leaner version of Papa's.
Soft and elegant on the nose. On the palate it is still a little oaky for me with the vanilla soda dominating over blue / black fruits and some pepper. Given what others had written I was hoping for a more open, integrated experience. My recommendation is wait 3 years.
Nose: Very complex nose of moss, earth, fresh mint, buttery oak, and black fruits. Palate: Soft styled with black fruits, spice, really soft and evolved tannins, good acidity, and a medium-long finish. As others have noted this is ready for prime time at an early age (hence my desire to open the first of three bottles) and is showing well now. Given the balance I see a good life ahead but if you have a few do not hesitate to open that first bottle now to establish a baseline. 92+ points.
Aromas of black cherries, blackberries, grilled meat and mocha. The palate matches with more cocoa than grilled meat. Medium tannins/acid. This took a 24 hour slow-o (going that route vs a full decant) to open up at this point. Young and shows potential but doesn't impress me at the moment.
A little leaner and more vibrant (acidic) than some other recent years. Better on night 2 as the oak (cluster?) integrated some. Smoke, toast, pepper, and violets on the palate. Palate was mostly crunchy purple fruit, pepper, some floral character. Toast and mocha finish, with the slightly angular acidity more prominent than the tannins. Needs some years to flesh out.
Youthful, full-bodied, blackberry/blueberry fruit with earthy and spicey flavors, excellent structure, tight, needs time to soften and open up, a little disappointing given my preference for Papa's Block
Clearly drinking these first ever Carlisle's too soon, but wanted to get another taste since this is only the second or third bottle I have ever had. Will go ahead and lengthen my drinking window setting now to help avoid drinking the rest far too soon.
Definitely great value. Blackberry compote, smoking hickory bbq pit, wild boar. Still showing a little heat on the finish.
Dark fruit and pepper on the nose. along with iodine and leather, a little dirt, and some floral notes at the end. Rich and juicy on the palate, with sweet black fruit, earth and leather, plus some meat and iodine on the finish.
Two bottles, one great one not so good. Not corked, just not quite right. On the good one the nose is big and brawny with meat, smoke, wood and some vanilla. The palate is big but smooth with loads of ripe dark berries and game. Long and delicious.
PnP last minute decision. Wow nose, full of black and blue fruits, black pepper and olives. I usually find young Cal syrahs are all about the fruit for the 1st hour and then the savory notes start showing through, this wine had everything going on from start to finish. Blackberry, licorice, black pepper, smoked meat, iron and even a slight citrus component. Lingering smokey finish.
Last second impulse PnP. To no surprise, this version of Papa’s is really tight and not showing a whole heck of a lot at present. Crushed blackberry skins competed against a pretty formidable tannic structure, sneaky acidity, and just a touch of new barrel. Yet, it had a very fine textural feel, good grip, and lingering Syrah qualities on the finish. Should age very well, really needs 3 to 5 +.
I am astonished by this pure form of Syrah. Truly an effervescently enamored colour of violet and garnet, with a sanguine and purpling rim. The purity and length are immeasurable, with the most seamless structure ever from this hardly superfluous vineyard. Magnetic on the nose, exemplifying Blueberry cobbler, thyme, cedar, sweet 'n' sour sauce, sun-drenched earth and soy sauce. Layers and layers of structured fruit, showing a long finish of forest floor qualities. The mid palate shows the strength and inveterately chiseled qualities of marble. Truly classic in every sense of the word. Drink 2015 - 2027.