2005 Carlisle Syrah Bennett Valley

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Community Tasting Notes (54) Avg Score: 91 points

  • Some seepage around the cork. An off flavor like an over the hill bordeaux. May just have been a bad bottle.

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  • it was a hot day and that surely affected the tasting. thus i put the + there. I think in non-sauna situation it would have shown even better.

    ripe black fruit. great primary fruit all the way through but with secondary notes coming in. Refreshing and long on the finish. ripe tannins with still some grip. chewy mid, creamy. this is excellent.

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  • Quick TN. Popped and poured. Time has been kind to this wine. It has settled into early adulthood, finally shedding its youthful exuberance. A hint of something I normally associate with brett, but otherwise dark cherries/black raspberry/blueberry, a hint of pine/rosemary/forest/earth and fine tannins that are seemingly nearly resolved. Drinking beautifully and in a sweet spot. My last bottle. Great pairing with grilled Brazilian picahna (top round with fat cap).

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  • Yet another example of the QPR greatness that is Carlisle. While prices have crept up a few dollars here and there, Mike's "appellation" wines are still a great value. Have learned to let Carlisle syrahs rest for a while and this '05 was in a good spot, rewarding the patience. Drunk over two nights (poured off 1/2 into a 375) and the 2nd night was better. Bright red fruit profile, a food wine in that the acidity and touch of heat was fine on its own but way better with my bacon & brussels side! Not earthy per se but a nice minerality in the mouthfeel that balanced the wine. Nicely done.

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  • WIML91

    Tasted non blind. Opened and decanted about one hour before serving.

    Dark garnet to almost purple color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of roasted meat, a little tar and plenty of currants and dried plums. Flavors of black berries, currants and dark plums. Medium acidity, medium tannin, full bodied. Drink over the next few years. Ready to go.

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  • Well crafted and balanced but lacking in personality, either from exuberant fruit or earthy flavors. This reminds of a lot of wines that appear so afraid to be overdone and want so much to be refined, balanced and smooth that they end up being boring. This was boring. It offends no one except me when I looked at the $40 price I paid for it. For that price I want more than a wine that is inoffensive

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  • Best Carlisle syrah I've had in a long time, if not ever. Balanced and pure. Should get even better and age gracefully. Curious to know if this was vinified differently from most other Carlisles from the same period?

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  • This wine tastes exactly like it smells. Kalamata olive brine, sizzled bacon fat, muted black fruit and a hint of Dr. Pepper (spice). The wine is extremely well made and silky smooth (especially for the price I paid $25). Paired excellent with sausage pasta. This is drinking close to it’s peak. This was my first Carlisle and certainly not my last.

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  • From a 750ml tlv opened the previous night. Inky purple color with a bouquet dominated by aromas of bacon fat and roasted meat. Violet, spice and black fruit notes add complexity. Full-bodied with velvety tannins and flavors of dark fruit, plum, roasted meat and iron. Long finish. Impressive, and a stellar match w/Mrs. tlv's braised short ribs.

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  • This has an explosive nose that I could smell just walking past a full glass. Black fruits and bacon fat, with palate picking up some blueberry and floral.

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  • Disappointing, no fruit left. Possible heat damage?

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  • Inky purple colored. Aromatically expressive, rich, and complex with blackberry, black raspberry, purple flowers, smoke, olive, and meat. In the mouth, this shows plenty of muscle, density, and concentration, yet with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Ripe, juicy, and darker fruit driven with good supporting acidity with the wine's structure, grip, and chalky tannin evident on the persistent finish. The 15.0% alcohol is undetectable. Certainly approachable, but additional bottle age might help to further resolve/soften out the back end. Nicely done.

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  • Nose is dark and rich with big black fruit and stem notes. Palate sports large scale fruit with good juicy acidity playing counterpoint. Seems that the wine still needs time to develop and show nuance. Powerful finish. I like the core - stem and herb notes starting to add complexity - but needs more time.

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  • Dark stuff. Full and rich, yet carries the fruit with a threaded, core of acidity. Gets slightly sweet and hot on the finish, but I have to say, this may be the best Syrah in bottle I've had from Mr. Mike. Simply a well made wine in a bigger style. Perhaps, the most refined and composed Carlisle Syrah I've tasted to date. Just checked, it's the lowest abv, @ 15%, of any Carlsisle I've had.

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  • Black with a deep ruby rim. Rich and plummy, lavender flavors in this wine, great grip and presence, full bodied.

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  • Popped and poured. Inky purple color, lovely floral nose and notes of dark fruit, tar, bacon fat. Delicious.

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  • Very dark purple, opaque. Vet nice, dark black fruit, spice, lavender and sage nose. Ripe concentrated black fruit, rich, long spicy finish, not quite balanced little too ripe and concentrated.

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  • Meaty nose and palate. Definitely less sweet than most Carlisles. My only problem with it was the last glass 6 hours later had lost its acidity and was all cocoa. Score is for all of the glasses but the last.

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  • Very good. Rather simple compared to the Cardiac Hill.

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  • Dark ink color. Nose of black fruits and cracked pepper deep concentration. Tastes of blackberries, black currants and pepper. Long pleasing finish. Tannins are well integrated.

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  • Great bottle shared with friend. No detailed notes

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  • Pop and pour. Note after 3 hours. Earth and barnyard on the nose. Blackberries, plum and spice on the palate. Could mistake this for Northern Rhone. Very enjoyable.

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  • 15% ABV. Dark garnet, slightly translucent in the glass. Fairly strong nose of roasting coffee beans. Meaty dark fruit with a bit of smoke. Rich, full bodied with savory/sweet meaty black fruit. Good.

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  • Put some scallops wrapped in bacon in the oven and with Louie Armstong playing and crooning in the background, popped and poured this beautiful bottle. Deep purple color, nose offered red and dark fruits with nuances of meat and licorice. Still tannic, this is a dense drink with flavors of espresso, sour cherry, and chocolate. It got much better after an hour. It rocked on the second day.

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  • Nose of smoke, mushrooms and earth that gives way to a rich yet leaning back towards medium bodied wine. This is Carlisle dialed back a touch, even showing some red fruits. I really felt this wine was quite open and drinking well, some slight tannin but nothing obtrusive. For me in a good spot now yet it will certainly develop, just not sure it will get significantly better?

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  • Bought this in 2007 and finally drank it last night with a ribeye steak and portabello mushrooms. The wine was fantastic, inky dark with blackberries and tar and a stout amount of tannins. Keep or drink.

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  • This is way more about structure than fruit. Don't get me wrong because there's some rich black fruit in play but the dominant forces here are olives, whole cluster underbrush, tar, whiffs of barbecue and still hard tannins. Outstanding.

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  • Enjoyed with some old time Kenny Burrell on CD. The wine starts off slow, tight and tart. It needs time. At the end of the bottle, with no decant, after about 90 mins it opens up to some bittersweet chocolate, iron, hint of olive, some chalk and blackberry. It still needs time but it does soften with air. Suggest another 18 months of age and for me, a different kind of Carlisle, bit more red and leaner blackberry and structure with tartness.

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  • Still pretty closed upon opening, but beginning to come to life. Tight for the first couple of hours then began to unravel with dark fruits and good balance. Day 2: the wine hit its stride with fantastic balance and great nose. Looking forward to future bottles.

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  • Decanted for 2 hours. Nose of meat and bacon fat. Big wine with precise flavors. I could easily confuse this with a Northern Rhone. Fabulous and one of my favorite Carlisle Syrahs to date.

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  • I was expecting Shiraz, but was pleasantly surprised at the character of this wine's lack of Cali-typicity. The nose was strikingly Rhone, though less peppery and no bacon fat.

    Color: Dark red, garnet edges

    Nose: Meaty, White Pepper, Underbrush, Blackberry

    Palate: Blackberry an black cherry, licorice, some-what subtle mocha-choco-oak

    Nice, wine!

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  • Classic new world Syrah nose. A floral nose with some medium red fruit and some background oak. Good fruit on the palate, spice, oak and a rhubarb like palate, good balance with tannins that will allow for another 5-10 years of aging.

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  • Amazing nose of pure raspberry. Can't recall experiencing such a beautiful raspberry aroma in any other wine. Mid palate confirms the raspberry along with darker fruits and a hint of meat. Very little spice. Well balanced with relatively long finish. Very mature for such a young wine. Sad to only have one more of these left. This wine has improved by leaps and bounds since December '08

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  • Strong on Day 2 as well.

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  • Popped and poured, and then consumed over 5 hours. Medium-bodied wine that is dark magenta/purple in color. On the nose, expressive dark berries, bacon fat, and floral notes. On the palate, blackberries, blueberries, minerals, and licorice on the extremely long 40-second finish. Great balance and acidic lift here...loaded with fruit without being overbearing, this lithe Syrah is gorgeous to drink, and I'm sad this was my only bottle. Yet another great Carlisle QPR!

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  • I got nothing on the nose at all. I found this wine to be tight and not giving much. not my kind of Carlisle.

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  • Decanted this for about an hour, but still got quite a bit of heat, which I'm normally not real sensitive to. Seemed a little disjointed at this point. My only bottle, so I won't get to see how it develops.

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  • Full of blueberry and boysenberry fruit, but with a Rhonish spice on the finish. Needs a little more time to integrate. Probably best in 2011.

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  • I was expecting Shiraz, but was pleasantly surprised at the character of this wine's lack of Cali-typicity. The nose was strikingly Rhone, though less peppery and no bacon fat.

    Color: Dark red, garnet edges

    Nose: Meaty, White Pepper, Underbrush, Blackberry

    Palate: Blackberry an black cherry, licorice, some-what subtle mocha-choco-oak

    Nice, wine!

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  • No detailed notes. Better after an hour of air.

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  • Great stuff! Dark fruit and spice!!!

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  • This is fabulous...needs a little bit of time in the decanter to shed some heat...

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  • Interesting ... more Rhoneish than expected.

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  • High toned, violets, tapenade and meat on the nose. Popped and poured, displaying a precociousness. Needs some air to settle down and strut its stuff. Although the nose is already very complex.

    An hour and a half later, major changes. Wine gained some weight and so much richer than after pop and pour. Silky smooth finish. Nose has changed, this time bacon, deep red raspberry and a touch of charcoal. Beautiful mouth feel with glycerin notes pushing through. In the mouth, silky red raspberry and a touch of blueberry. There are some tannins pushing through in the end of the finish, but they are so ripe and do not take away from the finish.

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  • Well this was opened probably a year too early, really wrapped up tight with dark cherries and chocolate, a little thin on the mid-palette and finishes with lots of acidity that kinda overwhelms the fruit right now. This has better days to come and I would suggest holding.

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  • Gamy, cherry, tobacco, leather and coffee flavors. Rather long and spicy finish.

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  • Open in the glass for 6-7 hours. Nose of coconut, vanilla, and red raspberry. Full mouthfeel with notes of raspberry, graphite and meat, finishing with a bit of mint and garrigue.

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  • Beautiful pure dark red in color. On the nose tapenade, licorice, pure red rasberry and meaty. Stunning nose, just beautiful. In the mouth, smooth with dark cherry and tart acidity pushing through. Acidity not overbearing, but providing very enjoyable lift. This is a joy to drink now and it should be in the future.

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  • The Barky von Schnauzers and Greenblankets decided it was finally time for a barbecue and further decided to try a couple of Cali Rhones with ribs. The BvS’s brought a Ridge ATP program Syrah/Grenache from 2001 and Greenblanket just couldn’t resist opening another 2005 Carlisle Bennett Valley. The Carlisle also sported floral aromas as well as smoky blackberries, pepper and a meaty/iodine/salty/bloody note. Cured meat (the producer says tapenade) and rich, creamy black fruit flavors continued in the mouth with well balanced structure provided by smooth tannin and generous acidity. Also lovely but way too young to be opened.

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  • Purple-ruby color. Nose shows lots of purple fruit, raw beef, and a bit of pepper. Some VA is noted. Medium-bodied, juicy, and fruity in the mouth. The focus is fairly good, and the finish pleasant. A nice wine.

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  • Another Carlisle partnership between Mrs. "Old World" Brother In Law and Greenblanket. There was an odd bottle so we ripped into it as soon as it came out of the shipping box. The OWBIL himself was pretty upset about having a bottle of Syrah on the property. In his view of the world Syrah is a weird oddball wine that isn't up to his "old world" level of sophistication. Greenblanket just kept his mouth shut and enjoyed this wonderful wine. The much heralded cool climate characteristics were in full effect on the nose with licorice, iodine, fresh flowers, tarry syrah smoke, bacon fat, pepper and deep black fruits. The flavors followed on the palate along with some additional spiciness and super silky smooth tannins. There was also a very nicely integrated stemmy/barky structure. As I have noted many times - despite the ripe silky nature of this wine it is still fresh and balanced with plenty of acidity and structure. Greenblanket agrees with a previous poster that a bit more overall heft on the body of his wine would be desirable but it's important to note that this bottle was opened way early and given precious little time to breath. Outstanding.

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  • Of the three 2005 syrahs I have had in the past month (RRV and DC), this is the most wrapped up of the three. Further, it posseses the lightest weight of the 3, at least at this stage. I did splash decant this wine and return in to bottle before I took it to dinner and indeed that helped, as well as another 24 hours in bottle overnight, which added some more mid-palate to the wine. Shows a bit of black pepper on the nose, along with more roasted cherry and more acidity than the other 2 syrahs above. In fact, the acidity is on par or above the fruit, along with some chocolate sticking out some so I would suggest letting this bottle rest another year or more. Yes, likely I opened way too soon but I have been working my way through the 2005 Carlisle syrahs and wanted to get a barometer on the wine, vis a vis the others, so throw stones at me later.

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  • Dark red. Heavy weight. Smell is tight. Slight pepper and dark fruit. Taste is chocolate, pepper and brush.

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  • Loved it. Inky and glass staining. Notes of dark fruit, black olives, and raw beef/ blood. This is rockin' right now, and it should only get better.

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