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Community Tasting Notes (88) Avg Score: 92.4 points

  • With Demitri and family at Croc's. Great dark juicy fruit coming from the second swirl in the glass. Really retained it's rich fruitiness until the last drop 1.5 hours later. Love these Carlisle wines.

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  • 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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  • 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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