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Community Tasting Notes (72) Avg Score: 92.3 points

  • Ripe creamy and earthy nose. Exotic and individual fruit flavor on palate. Vey good balance and finish. Medium tannin. This fell apart day two: fruit nearly disappears on palate and bitter alcohol spikes up. Rating for day one only

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  • Superb balance. In addition to Mike's usual magical touch, this has an extra dimension of silkiness to it, and a bit of an aura of vibrancy. This 09 is one of my favorite Carlisle Zins.

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  • Pours an inky dark purple. Nose of blackberries, plums, white pepper and a violet note lingering in the background.

    This is a massive wine with dense flavors of black and blue fruits. The palate is predominantly blackberry with a wonderful peppery note. This is a much bigger wine than I usually drink, but it never felt ponderous or heavy, and despite the 15.8%abv there is no heat whatsoever. The medium acidity allowed it to go well with prime New York strip. Tannins are fairly soft and well integrated at this point in the wine's development.

    A delicious, crowd pleasing wine that has years of life still. This is not in my normal wheelhouse, but for the style, among the best I've ever consumed.

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  • Decanted. Poured one hour later. Deep ruby, nearly opaque. Great nose of blackberries and white pepper. Full-bodied intense jammy black fruit on the palate, balanced by acids and soft tannins. The aftertaste lingers quite long, continuing to echo the fruit. This is a fruit bomb, for sure. Perhaps the offspring of a blackberry liqueur and a port. No points for elegance, but it is quite enjoyable, nonetheless. Should be drinking well for another couple of years.

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  • A fruit-bomb of a zin with little else. Even the typical spice note is fading. A bit port-like, but lacking complexity.

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

    (Carlisle Winery Zinfandel Martinelli Road Vineyard Russian River) Subscribe to see review text.

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