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Community Tasting Notes (87) Avg Score: 92.4 points

  • I feel so inadequate keeping this wine out of the 90s for the third time while the love for it gushes mid-90s all over the board. Montafi is one of my favorites but this one just keeps leaving me thinking it is tasty, enjoyable, absolutely nothing wrong with it, but just not quite there....

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  • 15.3% alcohol. For my palate, this is in the upper echelon of Carlisle wines I have sampled to date. The bouquet is gorgeous - perfumed, soaring, and complex with boysenberry, black raspberry, blackberry compote, bramble, spice box, and violet pastille. A couple of recent CT notes identify a peach quality, which I would associate with the somewhat piercing quality on the upper register. As for the palate, it is every bit equal to the nose - juicy, ripe, full bodied, layered, and long with the darker fruit, spice, and violet notes repeating, along with a peach/citrus zest quality which adds a sense of lift. A profound zinfandel. Highly recommended.

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  • Madly consistent, won't even go into it because the past 4-6 reviews have it called cold. I'm somewhere between tomlee and David_T here. Wonderful bottle.

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  • Can't beat this producer for consistently delicious bottles.

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  • The aromas are a nice blend of red, blue and black fruit. I too get the peach others mention on both the nose and palate. The flavors also showcase red & black raspberry and cherry with a bit of cola. Medium acidity though a bit light on the tannins. Medium-length red fruit/cola finish. The alcohol is balanced; an enjoyable wine if a bit fruit-forward. Drinking well now, I don't see this improving further though it should last a few more years.

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

    (Carlisle Winery Zinfandel Montafi Ranch Russian River Valley) Subscribe to see review text.

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