Everything you could want in a syrah. Rich dark fruit flavors, leather in the mouth lingering through the a long finish. Very balanced tannins The wine looks ruby colored. There is no sediment in the bottle.
This, frankly, is aging healthier than the desired '07. (I had my last bottle in June and it has fallen apart! I loved its unctuous profile, however, she is not for the cellar - I couldn't write a note.) Sultry, and evocative. Blackberry, dried basil, charged meat, white truffle and crushed rock. Agile, yet the core shows obvious concentration. This will continue to age nicely. Better now than ever! Drink now - 2022.
Decanted 45 minutes. Floral/sweet/sugary black fruit nose, quite meaty, with strong black slate/graphite mineral. Palate picks up roasted espresso bean, dark chocolate, asphalt, and melted licorice... all the notes you might associate with a big, ripe, aggressive Syrah. It's a nice big wine that would certainly be a crowd pleaser, but it's not complex or unique enough to garner a higher score. Drink now-2019.
Well, I'll admit some confusion with my palate or bottle variation--not sure but the bottle last night didn't taste really anything much like the bottle from this past June. Last night's showed a wine more like syrah, nothing much like zin. Had a blood and iron aromatic, along with lavender. Spicy black fruit with a roasted quality and a finish of light chocolate. All of this doesn't say zin so either take my June note with a grain of salt or maybe some bottle to bottle variation. In total, was drinking well and should show some further improvement, too.
This wine reminds me of the 2004 Carlisle Bennett Valley Judge Vineyard syrah, tasting as that wine did a few years back, seeming more like a plump and dark zin than a syrah. And as I look at my previous note from Dec 2010 on this 2008 Papa's, I did comment about some acidity but I don't find much of any now. What is here is a core of sweet leather-tinged dark fruit that is plump and on the sweeter side, finishing with a blueberry note and a light chocolate. It's got a juicy, punchy element to it and drank blind, I could be fooled into thinking this is bold and riper toned zin. I'm taking this to dinner to have with probably a turkey sandwich or mac and cheese so for that kind of food, this oughta do great...over dinner, this did not change much, however, there was a surprise food pairing moment we had over dessert. We ordered what I'd call a dark chocolate creme brulee with a dusting of salt and this created a nice discussion around how food can impact a wine's experience, making the wine here less fruit-centric and restrained. As for a drink window, I'd say now, as much as I did when I drank the 2004 BV a few years back. Don't age this any further, but instead enjoy it for what it is now.
Nose: Just like last bottle drank recently the black fruits are there with earth and tar. Palate: Ahhh, this is Papa's Block and markedly better than the last bottle (3/27/13) as this is not showing the alc levels nearly as bad. Flavors of meat, black fruits and spice on the medium length finish. Good stuff and my last bottle of this.
Dark purple. Expressive nose, though not all that focused. Blackberry, cured meat, and a floral quality as well. The wine included a lot of flavor, but had a coarse and unfocused quality. Touch of bitter oak and slight alcoholic heat. Not as polished as other versions of this wine, and I wonder if the heat of '08 wasn't it's undoing.
Pop and pour and tasted over two days; first day was with food (a homemade gyro, in case you were wondering, with grilled lamb and tzatziki).Dark purple color; nose of spice and a slight medicinal note. Good fruit, rich and sweet, from the ripe fruit, with a touch of spice and pepper on the finish. On the second day, it had a bit if heat as the sweetness of the fruit faded slightly.
Nose: Black fruits with earth, moss and mineral. Palate: Big tannins and the black fruits show with a bit of a bitter quality. The monster alc levels of 15% showed but did dissapate after a great deal of air. Nonetheless this is not the '07' by any means. Too bad the alc levels are so high as this has good breeding, but those attributes are obscured by alcohol heat in the absense of which this would score much higher. I am surprised by all the high scores listed (many with no prose which is telling).
Winter 2013 Wine Parties: Rich and deep with well-integrated tannins and balanced structure – classy all the way. Plums, black cherries, & spice were just some of the characteristics detected. Nevertheless, I think I have a slight preference for Carlisle zins over the syrahs.
Drank this at Lasher's in Long Beach. Inky color. The best ever perfume nose! Very smooth, with taste of chocolate and berries. This was an 'oh my' wine. The short pour leftover wine was pretty delicious the following day. With the Papa's Block reputation, I should have bought more. I'm sitting on other vintages, so I'm somewhat covered. Thank you Mike for making affordable wines.
Winter 2012 Wine Dinner (SA - TX): 2012 Winter Wine Dinner: Number in () is number of favorite votes by guests. Number in  is my ranking from 1(favorite) to 4. All wines were outstanding and this was very much splitting hairs.
2006 Two Hands Angels Share (5) 2008 Carlisle Papa’s Block Syrah (3) 2006 Rhys Syrah (2) 2004 Shafer Relentless (0)
Quick Notes: All of these were run through a Vinturi and left to sit in glasses about an hour before service. The Rhys was really outstanding and to be honest I expected to have it place 3rd in that lineup as I love the Carlisle and Shafer, but it was indeed my favorite. Well made and drinking beautifully. I’ve tasted the Carlisle and Shafer again day 2 and 3 as there were leftovers and these continue to improve.. just stunning wines in my opinion.
After a trip to a urologist and sitting around all weekend with a bag of peas in my lap, I couldn't think of a more appropriate cork to pop. The only question was the year. I went with this one as I had two bottles. Decadent, rich, lush yet its not near being over the top. The wine stays fresh and pure with blue and black fruits and some charcoal. Far from a rhone styled syrah. This is just so much fun to drink and the 15.1% alc is hidden really well. Excellent. Will try to hold my last bottle for a while longer.
Blind Price Test (Our House (2033 Brandywine)): A year since our previous bottle of this. Maybe it has mellowed a bit based on our previous notes. It has what I enjoy in a Carlisle Syrah. Their goal is not subtlety but at the same time, they do not seem out to make over the top wines. We had this double blind. Darker blue fruits, espresso like color, a touch of mocha. Good sweetness. I think the consensus appreciated this wine the most in the flight.
"Does price matter?" Blind Tasting (Roberts House, Philadelphia PA): tasted blind in flight of 3 CA syrahs. decanted ~6 hrs. carlisle syrahs continue to impress me, especially papa's block. really nice plum and sweet spice. nice black pepper notes linger on the medium (+) finish, which unfortunately shows some heat. correctly identified as the mid-range (and carlisle since i was single blind on this). We finished this on day 3 and it was still holding up well with very primary fruit. Will last.
Decanted for 2 hours, and would suggest 3-4 hours. Stunning nose of fruit and flowers, with a hint of chocolate. Eventually opened up and wow, was this good. Blackberry, black cherry, pepper, roasted meat, nice depth of flavors/ Good acidity, this is young, and will clearly improve over time, but just wonderful tonight!
Rich, delicious, round, smooth, opulent blackberry fruit with soft chocolate, meaty, and toasty vanillin oak flavors, excellent structure, very well integrated fruit and flavors, drinking superbly right now, long finish, best of the Carlisle Syrahs that I've had
15.1% alcohol. Compared to the 2008 Bennett Valley "Cardiac Hill" I had earlier this month, the Papa's Block seems more approachable and expressive (that is not to say that it won't continue to improve or even outlive the Cardiac, just that it is the more complete and giving wine at the present, albeit still on the youthful side). Nice aromatic complexity with crushed blackberry, meat, fountain pen ink, pepper, and a violet/purple flowers impression that gives lift and adds freshness to the nose. The palate is even more impressive -- rich, opulent, full bodied, yet impressively balanced with layers of deep purple and black fruit, meat, and peppery spice along with a hint of vanilla/oak and a lengthy finish that shows some structure and grip.
Wow! My first Papa's Block from Carlise and I wish I had bought more than two bottles. Vinturi'd. Lots of dark fruit and pepper. Long smooth and balanced finish with no heat, despite the 15.1% ABV. Lovely!
Very pure notes of stewed strawberries and raw meat that become olive tapenade and raspberry liqueur with some air contact. Full-bodied but very fresh, the mid-palate and finish could both be a bit more pronounced. Outstanding nonetheless. Am hopeful it'll flesh out with some cellar time.
I think this wine had been open for at least a day before I tried it, although it had a gray stopper in so I think it had been pumped out. Seemed to be lighter in weight and tone than the 2007 that I had recently drank from my own cellar, documented last month. Color is not as saturated as the 2007, but the flavor is there, with some olive, cooked meat, mix of black and red fruit and nice finishing acidity. Finish showed some grip too, even with the storage comment I made but this is a 2008 so not a surprise. I didn't get to sample a whole lot of this but these were my short impressions.
Concentrated black fruit with finish that lasted 60 + seconds. Medium-heavy tannins, bottle is still too young, just could not wait to drink! With 5-7 years, this bottle will improve to upper 90s ratings. Carlisle is top value-to-rank juice on the market today!
Rhone Varietal Tasting (Our House (2033 Brandywine St., Philadelphia)): Inky dark color. Nose of a lot of dark fruit and oak. The nose is an in your face type, with huge dark fruit, but there is a nice little floral note that emerged with some swirling in the glass. The palate does not let up. Big big fruit with menthol and pepper. Everything seemed to be within balance, though. It is just too big for my tastes, and lacked some nuance. Very nice long finish, but there was some heat on the finish.
Syrahs and other Rhone varietals (Roberts House): decanted 6 hours. really nice. wonderful perfumed quality to the nose that launched blackberry and other black fruits up into the nose with some floral violet notes. the palate is dominated by rich black fruit and offers mint and menthol notes to keep it fresh and lively. med-long finish is stunning. a delicious wine.
Nice after a 4 hour decant. Rich and decadent blackberry and plum fruit is tempered by an everpresent beam of acidity. Finishes with chalky tannin and creme brûlée notes. Chewing on it a bit releases some floral and mineral notes. Approachable now, but will offer more in another year. No need for long term cellaring, but can gain some complexity without comprimsing any fruit with a short rest.
An excellent young syrah. In fact, all of the 2008 Carlisles I have tried have been very good. Blueberries, blackberries, and a touch of charcoal, herbal notes and faint vanilla. I can see the whole cluster influence. Huge nose. This is very drinkable now but will surely drink well for a while. Big and rich but not an over the top fruit bomb. Over the last few years this has become one of my favorite Carlisle bottlings. Nice job Mike and Jay!
A Very Rhone Sunday (Farpointe Cellar): Rich, spiced dark fruit flavors with a good thick velvet texture. Great finish! Excellent example of a new world Syrah that is rich in fruit without being a total fruit bomb.
Dark garnet color in the glass, clear hue throughout. BIG nose of bacon, roasted meat, blueberries, berries and a touch of vanilla. Flavors of berries, blueberries and cherries. Medium acidity, medium to firm tannins, medium to full bodied. Drink now with some air or hold.