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Community Tasting Notes (12) Avg Score: 93.8 points

  • Inky purple and black fruits, with notes of blackberry, blueberry, tar, smoke, and wet slate. Accessible right now, with a friendly tannic spine that creates nice structure for the dark fruit. It did not need a decant in my opinion, and is sure to please as a PnP.

    A very good example of a Mike Officer PS, with added layers when compared to the 2007, 2008, and 2010 Palisades PS.

    For me, the 2009 is in a great drinking window right now, as I prefer PS to still have some of that rich power and depth. The 2007, for example, has softened and rounded-out to the point where it is lacking some interest for me. The 2009 is nice now, but I would still watch it closely in the coming years, as the backbones of some of the older Carlisle PSs are starting to soften to the point of potentially coming off as muddled.

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  • So few notes here and I have just the one bottle from 2011, but I pulled the cork out of curiosity to see where this was on the aging curve. Pulled the cork, right to the glass, no aeration, no decanting, nothing extra. With PS, I often worry about the booze level, as too much of it and I can't much function but in this wine, there isn't any coming through the aromatic. In the palate, the ripeness level is surely here, with a big dollop of dark berry, chocolate and touch of iron. Inky too, as it stains the glass. In terms of structure, there is some here and my hope is that over the next few hours that it does tighten up. Right now, there is a glimpse of it here, almost like a grape skin tannin that adds a cool coarseness to the texture. Finishes with tar and the same iron from the palate. At dinner later in the evening, this developed some nice tension and showed some great youthful tannin, which was impressive because the wine was at room temp (low 70s). I'd say this will continue to age just fine.

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  • Huge, delicious, chewy blueberry/blackberry fruit with earthy flavors, excellent structure, long finish, tannins have softened, much prefer this non-port-like style compared to Turley Petite Syrahs

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  • Deep red-purple color, almost magenta. Dark fruits and notes of anise, camphor, mocha? Mild but rustic tannins. Just a bit austere on the finish. Not a super big wine. Drinking well with some air but still very youthful and fresh. Should hold together for quite some time.

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  • Licorice and Dark Fruit on the nose, great balance with terrific freshness! This is a bit better than last time and it should get better with a few years, but very drinkable now with a couple hours decant.

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    May/June 2011, IWC Issue #156, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Carlisle Winery Petite Sirah Palisades Vineyard Napa Valley) Subscribe to see review text.

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