2011 Carlisle Zinfandel Sonoma County
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From the winery:
2011 Sonoma County Zinfandel
To date, we have produced many wonderful Sonoma County Zinfandels. Each has represented incredible quality for the money. But in 2011, we have taken QPR to a whole new level. In fact, most wineries would be thrilled to have this as their top-end Zinfandel. What makes this particular vintage so good? Consider the vineyards that compose over 90% of this wine – Fanucchi (planted in 1906), Carlisle (planted in 1927), Rowe (planted in 1906), Rossi (planted in 1910), and Bedrock (planted in 1888). All of these vineyards are designates in their own right. With the exception of Rossi, all contain significant mixed blacks. If you’re a fan of high quality, old-vine Zinfandel at a bargain price, back the truck up. Serious folks, take advantage of my lack of sanity. No one should be selling a wine this good for so cheap.
Tasting Note: Medium-dark ruby-garnet. A classic “zin-berry” (raspberry, cherry) aroma is highlighted by notes of briary spice and black pepper. Smooth and full-bodied on entry, a wave of red fruits envelops the palate while refined tannins build through the finish. The texture and precision of this wine is simply amazing! Drink now. Drink next year. Drink all the way until 2018! No matter what you do, you can’t go wrong!